[Battlemesh] Android wifi meshing

Ryan Hughes ryan at iheartryan.com
Fri Feb 26 22:30:31 CET 2016

What is this "Wifi Direct" mode I am hearing about.  Android supports 
that, apparently.

Is that the same as the "P2P-client" and "P2P-GO" interface modes that
iw phy is listing on my android device?  Note: I'm using Cyanogenmod, 
which does indeed support IBSS, so I'm not sure normal people phones 
support these other modes, but according to that android thread you 
listed, at least some phones do support this, if that's what "Wifi Direct" 


On Fri, 26 Feb 2016, Juliusz Chroboczek wrote:

>> I was trying to get people's opinions on whether there is a robust and
>> reasonable current thread of work on bringing mesh networking onto the
>> Android platform.
> Android deliberately doesn't support ad-hoc (IBSS) mode:
>    https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=82
> and enabling the functionality requires fairly extensive surgery to the
> system, more than even a fairly technical user is willing to do.  So
> there's little motivation to do that.
> For what it's worth, Android runs a reasonable Linux kernel, so it's easy
> to port most layer 3 routing deamons to it; porting babeld took some 20
> minutes, and I'm pretty sure olsrd wouldn't be much more complicated.
> While it would be easy to package babeld into an installable "app",
> there's little point in doing that until the ad-hoc issue is fixed.
> Yeah, that sucks.
> -- Juliusz
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