Turris and Wi-Fi EasyMesh


#1

I learned recently that Wi-Fi Alliance announced Wi-Fi EasyMesh certification program. It should allow to create a mesh network using a hardware from different manufacturers.
https://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-easymesh

This raised few questions:

  • Are there any plans to make Turris routers (Turris 1.x, Omnia, MOX) Wi-Fi EasyMesh compliant?
  • Can my Turris possibly join a mesh network with other Wi-Fi EasyMesh compliant devices?

Anybody knows the answers?


#2

Setting up a wireless connection to other access points is done via simple clicking in luci webinterface. That way you are absolutely independent from vendors.
In my opinion it’s not necessary for the wireless clients to be able to roam as they are fixedly installed and you arrange antennas to perfectly point to their respective access point (you’re even able to build rocket stable connections using discrete directional antennas).
Setups like that are clearly superior to mesh routers with build-in antennas…


#3

I am not sure that is correct. In such setup (aka repeater) the WLAN bandwidth suffers a severe bandwidth penalty. Having said that I do not know however whether there is a similar penalty on the bandwidth in a MESH scenario.

That is what EasyMesh aims for

removes the need to stay within a single-vendor ecosystem

Too bad that there has been no response from the developers.

To my humble understanding EasyMesh™ utilizes IEEE 1905 and unless I am mistaken such has not been implemented as of yet in either OpenWRT or TO.

Adoption rate of EasyMesh™ amongst router/ap vendors appears slow, most likely for commercial reasons (their bottom line) but perhaps also performance claims, whether true or not.

Not necessarily unless the other device utilizes IEEE 802.11s https://forum.turris.cz/t/question-about-the-turris-omnia-does-it-support-802-11s or in case Turris products would be EasyMesh™ certified.

Whilst EasyMesh™ utilizing IEEE 1905 as an abstraction layer (OSI model layer 2.5) to exchange Control Message Data Unit (CMDU) with 1905 neighbours those CMDUs are communicated directly over Layer 2, which could be IEEE 802.11s or proprietary vendor solutions.