Subject: Re: ath seems still buggy
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From: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/18/2005 21:54:11
In message <20051019012935.GA20196@panix.com>, Thor Lancelot Simon writes:
>On Tue, Oct 18, 2005 at 11:11:39PM +0000, Marcin Jessa wrote:
>> When it comes to the ath implementation for NetBSD it seems to be there
>> just for the records.
>> Sadly it looks like it can't be used for any serious purpose.
>That's nonsense. I use it every day, in NetBSD-current, and it works
>In fact, I'm typing this through a Soekris with an Atheros wireless
>module in hostap mode right now.
Sometimes it works well; other times, it doesn't. I put in many hours
on a wireless connection in my house over the last week; except for
eating my battery alive, it worked flawlessly. A month ago, I was
completely unable to acquire carrier at a public hot spot, even though
wlanctl said that I was receiving a strong signal.
It's not useless, but in congested networks it can be pretty close to
it. At the IETF meeting in Paris, I sometimes had to find a wired
connection, because it either couldn't acquire or couldn't hold
carrier. Beyond that, even when it's been working, I see frequent
instances of carrier drop/carrier restore, with the laptop a meter from
the access point. (Oddly enough, I did not see *anything* like that
over this last week. Maybe recent changes have helped. I do note,
though -- and I'm not the only one -- that my card is running at 36
Mbps right now (on 802.11g), even though it's in its usual meter-away
--Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb