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authorJohannes Berg <johannes@sipsolutions.net>2009-04-16 17:04:25 +0200
committerJohn W. Linville <linville@tuxdriver.com>2009-04-22 16:57:16 -0400
commit955394c98c9cb79bdb3e6b479695af3a90ea0623 (patch)
treedb4e8341606ecd2683ce1649ca3f0dcfd656c675 /include
parentbbbdff9e00449928f228867076a07bdfecd3dca8 (diff)
mac80211: document powersaving/beacon filter future
Document what mac80211 will do in the future to help save power. We're not quite there yet, but a plan helps. Also, while at it, fix the docs wrt. multicast traffic. Signed-off-by: Johannes Berg <johannes@sipsolutions.net> Reviewed-by: Kalle Valo <kalle.valo@iki.fi> Signed-off-by: John W. Linville <linville@tuxdriver.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'include')
1 files changed, 50 insertions, 10 deletions
diff --git a/include/net/mac80211.h b/include/net/mac80211.h
index a593bedcfed..52808bdcc6c 100644
--- a/include/net/mac80211.h
+++ b/include/net/mac80211.h
@@ -1109,11 +1109,9 @@ ieee80211_get_alt_retry_rate(const struct ieee80211_hw *hw,
* need software support for parsing the TIM bitmap. This is also supported
* by mac80211 by combining the %IEEE80211_HW_SUPPORTS_PS and
* %IEEE80211_HW_PS_NULLFUNC_STACK flags. The hardware is of course still
- * required to pass up beacons. Additionally, in this case, mac80211 will
- * wake up the hardware when multicast traffic is announced in the beacon.
- *
- * FIXME: I don't think we can be fast enough in software when we want to
- * receive multicast traffic?
+ * required to pass up beacons. The hardware is still required to handle
+ * waking up for multicast traffic; if it cannot the driver must handle that
+ * as best as it can, mac80211 is too slow.
* Dynamic powersave mode is an extension to normal powersave mode in which
* the hardware stays awake for a user-specified period of time after sending
@@ -1134,11 +1132,53 @@ ieee80211_get_alt_retry_rate(const struct ieee80211_hw *hw,
* way the host will only receive beacons where some relevant information
* (for example ERP protection or WMM settings) have changed.
- * Beacon filter support is informed with %IEEE80211_HW_BEACON_FILTER flag.
- * The driver needs to enable beacon filter support whenever power save is
- * enabled, that is %IEEE80211_CONF_PS is set. When power save is enabled,
- * the stack will not check for beacon miss at all and the driver needs to
- * notify about complete loss of beacons with ieee80211_beacon_loss().
+ * Beacon filter support is advertised with the %IEEE80211_HW_BEACON_FILTER
+ * hardware capability. The driver needs to enable beacon filter support
+ * whenever power save is enabled, that is %IEEE80211_CONF_PS is set. When
+ * power save is enabled, the stack will not check for beacon loss and the
+ * driver needs to notify about loss of beacons with ieee80211_beacon_loss().
+ *
+ * The time (or number of beacons missed) until the firmware notifies the
+ * driver of a beacon loss event (which in turn causes the driver to call
+ * ieee80211_beacon_loss()) should be configurable and will be controlled
+ * by mac80211 and the roaming algorithm in the future.
+ *
+ * Since there may be constantly changing information elements that nothing
+ * in the software stack cares about, we will, in the future, have mac80211
+ * tell the driver which information elements are interesting in the sense
+ * that we want to see changes in them. This will include
+ * - a list of information element IDs
+ * - a list of OUIs for the vendor information element
+ *
+ * Ideally, the hardware would filter out any beacons without changes in the
+ * requested elements, but if it cannot support that it may, at the expense
+ * of some efficiency, filter out only a subset. For example, if the device
+ * doesn't support checking for OUIs it should pass up all changes in all
+ * vendor information elements.
+ *
+ * Note that change, for the sake of simplification, also includes information
+ * elements appearing or disappearing from the beacon.
+ *
+ * Some hardware supports an "ignore list" instead, just make sure nothing
+ * that was requested is on the ignore list, and include commonly changing
+ * information element IDs in the ignore list, for example 11 (BSS load) and
+ * the various vendor-assigned IEs with unknown contents (128, 129, 133-136,
+ * 149, 150, 155, 156, 173, 176, 178, 179, 219); for forward compatibility
+ * it could also include some currently unused IDs.
+ *
+ *
+ * In addition to these capabilities, hardware should support notifying the
+ * host of changes in the beacon RSSI. This is relevant to implement roaming
+ * when no traffic is flowing (when traffic is flowing we see the RSSI of
+ * the received data packets). This can consist in notifying the host when
+ * the RSSI changes significantly or when it drops below or rises above
+ * configurable thresholds. In the future these thresholds will also be
+ * configured by mac80211 (which gets them from userspace) to implement
+ * them as the roaming algorithm requires.
+ *
+ * If the hardware cannot implement this, the driver should ask it to
+ * periodically pass beacon frames to the host so that software can do the
+ * signal strength threshold checking.