If you have a question that you think should be here, please post it in this thread and I may add it to this post.
Q: What exactly is DS Wifi and what can it do?
A: the DS Wifi library I'm working on is a software toolkit for homebrew developers that will let them use the wifi capabilities on the DS in a very similar way to the way computers use a wireless network card. It's not designed to have a specific set of end uses, rather it will provide a way for the community to create application using internet support, ds-ds communications, and other things that standard wifi cards can do.
Q: What license will DS Wifi be released under?
A: Probably the BSD licence, I've had people also suggest the MIT license, I'll review them and pick one before release.
Q: Will DS Wifi support WEP/WPA?
A: The hardware has built in support for WEP, so it will be supported. WPA is a software extension of WEP that changes the key, I'm looking into what it will take to support WPA but I don't know if it can be done yet.
Q: Will the DS Wifi support access points? ad hoc mode? Nifi?
A: The initial release is planned to support both access points and ad-hoc operation (there are a few small technical difficulties with ad-hoc at the moment, but those will likely be fixed before release). Nifi is merely a modification of 802.11, and a raw wireless interface will be provided for those who want to construct their own nifi packets (technically it will be possible to run regular 802.11 and nifi at the same time, but this isn't a wonderful idea) - To use Nifi though, you will have to understand 802.11 enough to create your own 802.11 packets and read and understand the incoming packets.
Q: What will the developer interface look like?
A: The TCP/IP interface will try to mimic traditional Berkley sockets, for the purpose of allowing software to easily be ported to DS. There will also be some special API for connecting to access points, setting up IP addresses, and raw wifi traffic.
Q: When will it be released???
A: Well, that's really complicated. Please try to remember that I'm working off of my own documentation of a foreign hardware system - not all of the features of the wifi hardware are completely mapped out yet, and I run into problems due to that from time to time. Also, despite my best efforts I have been unable to make lwIP do what I want it to. So, I'm not going to give an estimate as I'll probably wind up being way off the mark. I try to post updates on my website (www.akkit.org) when I have something to report.
Q: Can the DS Wifi be used to run things on the DS?
A: The DS Wifi Library is merely a tool for developers to add to their programs, it does not in any way change how you run code on the DS - you still will need passme/flashme/wifime to run the homebrew that the library is used in, just like any other homebrew at the moment.
Q: What will you do with the money from the DS Wifi Bounty (sc.tri-bit.com)?
A: Well, perhaps you're being too curious by asking a question like this... but the money will go to paying bills, keeping me fed, and buying new equipment to play with.
Q: What's the deal with the DS trojan/virus/bricking thingy?
A: First, see this news post (1emulation.com) - A few notes, it's a trojan, which means it will not spread, and it requires someone to download it and run it to be hurt. There are only two known files at the moment that have it, but by far most homebrew can be trusted. Just as a general rule you shouldn't be going off and running things from shady places on the net anyway
Q: I have no experience writing server/client software. What do I need to learn in order to be ready to use DS Wifi in my projects?
A: As programming client/server applications on the DS Will be nearly identical to programming them on the PC and other systems, there are undoubtedly other places where you can find tutorials for writing client/server software. As for what you need to learn, you will need a working knowledge of Berkley Sockets, sometimes just called 'sockets' (for which there are countless tutorials on the web). That's all that's really required, but having some understanding of how existing client/server apps work will be very useful in making your system run smoothly.
Ok, if you have more questions you think should be listed here, let me know in this thread and I might add them.
Edited by GryphonKlaw, 15 October 2005 - 03:56 PM.