Re: [homenet] New Version Notification for draft-barth-homenet-wifi-roaming-00.txt

Dave Taht <> Mon, 30 November 2015 14:18 UTC

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On Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 3:04 PM, Mikael Abrahamsson <> wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Nov 2015, Dave Taht wrote:
>> Well, in the two or more radio (2.4 and 5ghz) case, you can easily roam
>> between the two radios with many chipsets. Some chipsets only allow one
>> active radio at a time, however.
> Does this actually work in real life? Considering the solutions I found

Using linux, with ath9k gear, worked for 7 years. On nearly everything
else, rare.

> doing my quick search, it seems the AP vendors are implementing all kinds of
> solutions to trick the client that it's just one single large network with a
> single AP, even though it's a lot of them.
> For instance:

yes, it's a mess.

It's even worse than that...

> So while I would prefer a solution in the end with make-before-break and
> seamless handover without breaking the IP layer at all, this seems to
> involve quite a lot of new functionality both from the Network (which is
> doable) and from the client (also doable, but a lot harder, especially
> within current charter).

I would not mind at all if the ietf had a wg with the ieee and the
wifi alliance and whoever else might care, to make wifi better in a
huge variety of ways.

I remain perpetually astonished that a technology beloved by and used
by billions (with billions to come) has so few advocates, so few
working on actual interoperability, so many bad implementations, and
so little research funding.

the general public has their priorities straight:

For those that haven't seen it:

I am happy that a little bit of funding towards merely getting per
station queuing working looks to arrive next year.

Tackling handoff in any sane way with the current mess, looks harder.