Big Temporary Networks

Jay Ashworth jra at
Sun Sep 16 01:55:41 UTC 2012

----- Original Message -----
> From: "William Herrin" <bill at>

> On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 9:18 PM, Jay Ashworth <jra at> wrote:
> > You're saying that *receiving* multicast streams over WLAN works
> > poorly?
> I don't have any experience with it, but here's what Google told me:
> "When any single wireless client associated with an access point has
> 802.11 power-save mode enabled, the access point buffers all multicast
> frames and sends them only after the next DTIM (Delivery Traffic
> Indication Message) beacon, which may be every one, two, or three
> beacons (referred to as the “DTIM interval”). [...] default 100
> millisecond beacon interval"

Thanks for doing my googling for me, Bill.  :-)

I'll do some more; I would sort've expect that might be something the
firmware in enterprise-class APs would handle better (where by better,
I mean "not permitting one client to manhandle the entire network" :-).

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