Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#1099 confirmed enhancement

Disable private wifi

Reported by: ilvalle@… Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone: Firmware 2.3
Component: unknown Version: beta2
Severity: normal
Cc: Hardware: both


Like for the public wifi, it would be great to have the possibility to disable the private wifi as well.
For example, this improves the wifi performance when the fonera are used in wifi(-bridge) mode.

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comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by matthijs

  • Milestone set to Firmware 2.3
  • Severity changed from unknown to normal
  • Status changed from new to confirmed

Sounds like a plan! However, I won't be including this in anymore, since it will require some thorough testing (I'm afraid a lot of code assumes the private signal is enabled).

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by ilvalle@…

I finally re-started my 2.0n, I am just wondering how difficult would be to implement this enhancement.

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by matthijs

In essence, this could work by changing trunk/fon/fonbase/files/lib/fon/ to disbable the private network (e.g., by changing the "ssid" to "off" in config_wireless in line 433.

I _think_ this might be all that is needed to shut off the private signal. However, there might be parts of the firmware that assume the interface is available and running (though I can't think of any just now), so the most work would be to do some thorough testing.

If you try this, please let me know the results!

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by ilvalle@…

Sorry, could you point me which line I have to change?

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by matthijs

Didn't I just do this? If you change this line: to: uci_set "wireless" "private" "ssid" "off"

I think the private wifi should remain disabled.

comment:6 follow-up: Changed 6 years ago by anonymous

I tried this change, but then no wlan comes up.

I instead tried to add: uci_set "wireless" "private" "disabled" "1"

But with this change the private ssid stays up.

comment:7 in reply to: ↑ 6 Changed 6 years ago by matthijs

Replying to anonymous:

I tried this change, but then no wlan comes up.

You mean the wifi client doesn't come up, or the public wifi doesn't, or?

comment:8 Changed 6 years ago by anonymous


I'm afraid the above mentioned tips do not work. I tried several including other modificatios, but it seems whenever I manage to actually disable the private wifi I also land up disabling the public FON wifi :\

Has anyone had any success in disabling only the private network? Thank you in advance

comment:9 Changed 6 years ago by matthijs

I just had another look at this. Setting the ssid to "off" seems to do something: Now both the public and private signal are disabled. However, normally chillispot (or some other script) brings up the public wifi interface _after_ the regular wifi initialization, but when the private interface is not brought up, this somehow fails, breaking the public wifi. If I do a manual "ifconfig ra0 up", both public and private are brought up (with the private wifi having an ssid of "off". Not so useful.

I'm not quite sure what the best approach would be to make this work and I can't really invest more time to find out now. However, we might be replacing chillispot in the near future. If so, I'll have to dig into the wifi code and I'll keep this request in mind.

comment:10 Changed 6 years ago by anonymous

Hi matthijs,

This is the "anonymous" that replied just before your last message. Thanks for having a look, e appreciate your diligence and follow-up. I understand that unfortunately the ol' Fonera has been "wired" that way - with the public and private wifi code being dependent on each other. Can't have the one without the other. In my case, I love my Fonera, but I already have several dedicated Routers through-out the house. I am totally willing to share only my public (FON wifi),and I don't need another private wifi - the private only lands up crowding the wireless frequency bandwith.

It would be great to separate these 2. Private off and public on.

Thanks again and keep up all your good efforts.

I am currently using Fonera Developer SW version and loving it (except for the private and public ap separation control)

comment:11 Changed 2 years ago by anonymous

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