[Battlemesh] What hardware still works?

Adam Longwill adam.longwill at metamesh.org
Tue Mar 1 03:25:47 CET 2016


In speaking with GL-INET, they recommend using the Ath9531 chip. What's the
best way to research the pros and cons of this chip to better understand
what we are getting into by exploring manufacturing "our own" device?


On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 6:28 PM, Juliusz Chroboczek <
jch at pps.univ-paris-diderot.fr> wrote:

> > How much would everyone trust these off-brand Chinese models like the
> > one linked above
> Adam,
> Daniel will correct me if I say something stupid, but I think you're not
> looking at the right hardware.  You don't want .11ac devices, at least not
> yet.  .11ac doesn't bring any range improvements, and only marginal
> improvements in spectral efficiency.  (.11ac improves throughput by using
> up huge amounts of radio spectrum, which is not something you want in
> a dense urban environment.  While MU-MIMO looks interesting, I'm not sure
> it's supported in meshes.)
> What you want, at least until the OpenWRT driver situation clarifies, is
> a good .11n device with two or three radios and known-good OpenWRT drivers
> (ath9k rocks).  Make sure that the radios are not connected internally
> over something reasonable like PCI or PCIe, not USB or SDIO.  Gigabit
> Ethernet is a welcome plus since you'll doubtless end up either wiring
> some parts of your netowkr or tunnelling over the public Internet.
> (The aging RouterStation Pro rocks.  No, I'm not selling mine.)
> -- Juliusz
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