Another possible inter-node communication system

alanr at alanr at
Tue Mar 10 21:38:21 MST 1998

Thanks for all the up-to-date references.  I looked at the specs (again), and
it looks *possible* to do a keep-alive using it, perhaps even for "N" machines.
 That's why I sent it out.  I suspect the Linux drivers are months (a year?)
away from being able to do all we'd like for that purpose though.  It looks
like one might be able use it as a sort of "poor-man's TCP".  Connection setup
time could be a problem with "N" machines all vying to send trivial packets to
each other :-)  It looks like the "multiplexer mode" (LM-MUX mode) might be
useful for letting each machine grab the link and query "who's there?" perhaps
without setting up N-squared individual connections.

	-- Alan Robertson
	   alanr at

> On Tue, 10 Mar 1998, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > My memory is that the IrDA spec allows for multiple devices to
> > > communicate with each other, with some kind of address-resolution and
> > > assignment protocol.  It *seemed* to imply that multiple devices could
> > > talk to each other.  Does anyone out there know enough to know if that
> > > is what was intended.  Maybe it was only intended for two...
> > > 
> > 
> > Its intended to handle many to 1 communications. The big problem is the
> > protocol design is complex and many layered, that IMHO is the biggest
> > thing that stopped irda taking off.  Dag Brattel (I hope I spelt that
> > right) has a nearly working Linux IRDA
> > 
> It's Dag Brattli, 
> --randy

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