Always send management frames at MCS-0??

Felix Fietkau nbd
Wed Sep 11 02:33:28 PDT 2013

On 2013-09-10 5:48 PM, Ben Greear wrote:
> On 09/10/2013 01:10 AM, Sujith Manoharan wrote:
>> Ben Greear wrote:
>>> I had a user request that we support always sending management frames
>>> (such as EAPOL) at the lowest rate.  Evidently, other equipment does this,
>>> where as normal-ish supplicant/linux tends to send them at much higher
>>> rates.
>>> Any suggestions on how to go about doing this properly?
>> If this is with ath9k_rate_control, then it is a known bug:
> I'm not using ath9k rate control in this case, and at least most messages
> get through fine.  We didn't actually see any obvious improvement when forcing
> everything to 6Mbps, but since my user was asking, I wanted to run the
> idea past the list.
> Rate control is not perfect, and on initial bringup it doesn't have
> many packets to work with so I thought it might still be useful to allow
> users to specify a particular rate for EAPOL packets.  Maybe using
> a socket ioctl so user-space (ie, supplicant/hostapd) can control it,
> for example.
minstrel and minstrel_ht always keep low rates in the rate retry chain
until enough higher rates have been proven to work.
I think adding an interface that allows user space to mess with the rate
selection of EAPOL packets is a bad idea - users will pretty much always
make worse rate decisions than the rate control module.

- Felix

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