WiFi Data Rates on NanoNote and SDW823 ??

Ron K. Jeffries rjeffries at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 19:03:51 EST 2011

The elephant in the room is that WiFi and the Spectec card are
not supported. A relatively few people have the Spectec card
and from what little discussion we've seen here, it seems to more or
less work.

If WiFi is critical to what you need to accomplish, Nanonote may
not be the platform that will best meet your needs.

Werner (on this list) is working on some hardware and software
using  IEEE 802.15.4-2003 radio and the 6LoWPAN protocol suite

The plan is ti have a small card that plugs into the Nanono's
microSD slot, with a second part for the PC end of the wireless
connection that is a USB dongle with the radio.

This will be VERY cool, but if you need WiFi on Nanonote
as far as I know you will not get official support. And I assume
you already know how expensive the Spectec card is.
Ron K. Jeffries

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 14:39, Jörg Conradt <conradt at tum.de> wrote:

> Hi everyone!
> Thanks for the initial replies to my question regarding data transmission
> rates.
> > David:
> >> That are feasable datarates due Spetec is a b/g card so in fact they
> >> should be higher up to (54Mb/s) but I guess the SDIO  is the bottle
> >> neck that is halfing the theorical data rate.
> >> Some one correctme if I'm wrong.
> Yes, in theory 802.11bg provides up to 54Mb/s; however, this theoretical
> maximum is never reached in practice. Typically (and under ideal
> circumstances) you can achieve about 1/2 of that. TCP is a protocol that
> corrects errors and re-sends data; so here the throughput shall even be
> lower than on UDP (which is a non-correcting protocol). The web page however
> states higher numbers for TCP than for UDP.
> Even more surprising: My high-end laptop with a build-in PCI-WiFi device
> typically achieves around 15-20 Mb/s; and PCI is much faster than SDIO. So I
> would expect a much smaller number for NanoNote & SDW823...
> That is why I am doubtful about the numbers provided by qi-hardware.
> > jirka:
> >> How is the best way to test? (with what command and what output you
> need)
> I don't know of a program to test throughput; however, what you can easily
> do is copy a large file from/to your local network. So e.g. use "scp" to
> copy a large file (several 100 Mbytes, such as a CD image) from the NanoNote
> to your local PC over wireless. Most implementations of "scp" show the data
> rate during transfer; otherwise simply measure the time required for upload
> and download and divide the size of your file (in BITS) by the time required
> (in seconds).
> Make sure you "scp" from/to your local network; otherwise the bottleneck in
> communication might be your internet service provider ;)
> If you can't scp for a first test you can also download a large file
> through your web-browser's build-in download manager, etc...
> Again: thanks for the feedback to far - and I sure hope someone who already
> owns a NanoNote+SDW823 can provide some rough numbers!
> Thanks a lot!
>        Jorg
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