[Bridge] [PATCH net-next] bridge: multicast to unicast

Johannes Berg johannes at sipsolutions.net
Mon Jan 9 12:15:59 UTC 2017

On Mon, 2017-01-09 at 12:44 +0100, M. Braun wrote:
> Am 09.01.2017 um 09:08 schrieb Johannes Berg:
> > Does it make sense to implement the two in separate layers though?
> > 
> > Clearly, this part needs to be implemented in the bridge layer due
> > to
> > the snooping knowledge, but the code is very similar to what
> > mac80211
> > has now.
> Does the bridge always know about all stations connected?
> That is bridge fdb entries (need to) expire so the bridge might
> "forget" a still-connected station not sending but only consuming
> broadcast traffic.
> E.g. there is a television broadcast station here that receives a
> video stream (via wifi, udp packets) and then airs it (dvb-t) but (on
> its own) would not send any data packet on wifi (static ip, etc.).

Ok, that I don't know. Somehow if you address a unicast packet there
the bridge has to make a decision - so it really should know? Would it
query the port somehow to see if the device is behind it, if getting a
packet for a station it forgot about?

> An other reason to implement this in mac80211 initially was that
> mac80211 could encapsulate broacast/multicast ethernet packtes in
> unicast A-MSDU packets in a way, so that the receiver would still see
> process ethernet packets (after conversion) but have unicast wifi
> frames. This cannot be done in bridge easily but one might want to
> add this later to mac80211.

Yes, DMG would have to be done in mac80211, but that's a lot clearer
case too since it requires negotiation functionality etc.


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