[K12OSN] TC wifi initializtion - concept

Terrell Prude' Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Tue Apr 8 02:54:30 UTC 2014

No way in heck I would want TC's on wireless.  It's a hub.  X11 screen 
updates can suck up to 73 Mbit/sec when playing TuxType (I did this 
measurement about 10 years ago and re-confirmed it about 5 years ago).  
As much as the wireless hype may be going on now, there's just no way an 
LTSP architecture can be successful on a hub, be that hub wireless or 
wired.  Well, not if you intend to use the full complement of 
educational apps, that is.  And don't even *think* about anything that 
uses Flash, for the same reason.

LibreOffice'll work OK.  So will Gedit or even Firefox, provided there 
aren't a lot of screen updates.  But relatively static (as far as screen 
updates go) apps like that are about it.  Putting LTSP on wireless is a 
recipe for failure, given current wireless technology.


On 04/05/2014 07:01 AM, Barry R Cisna wrote:
> Hello All,
> I asked this quite some time ago and didn't get any response so just
> throwing this idea out again.
> (Maybe there is a project doing what I would like to achieve with wifi
> on tc's and I do not know of it,also?)
> Situation,and hopefully a remedy:
> 1) At this point it seems that a big downfall of using tc's is no
> bootable wifi initialization & association possibility with any
> surrounding AP's in the boot process.
> 1a) Has anyone ever thought of incorporating an "option" by adding the
> code in the system bios to add a parameter for wifi association to "an"
> access point along with password if needed .
> This would be very much the same scenario as when we used to add an
> etherboot chip to the nics on tc's back in the day (before pxe became
> prevelant), only using the "native" bios chip rather than an add on
> chip.
> In other words to get away from having to actually have an add
> on,bootable media,onto any given TC system,,such as having to hang an
> usb stick or slap a cd in to achieve wifi initialization  and
> association to a given AP.
> It just seems very odd with the length of time,that wifi has been a
> 'must have' on any network device that a TC vendor has not even come up
> with an spec for just this?
> Thanks,
> Barry
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