[Cerowrt-devel] what stats do people want from conference wifi?

Dave Taht dave.taht at gmail.com
Sat Feb 7 21:35:34 EST 2015

I am very interested in per sta stats - rc_stats - captured fairly
frequently - timestamped and kept on per mac order..

cat /sys/kernel/debug/ieee80211/phy*/netdev:*/stations/*/rc_stats

you might also get a good grip on simultaneous users and on user
migration by using this.

also I have found the xmit stat to be useful.

On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 3:02 PM, David Lang <david at lang.hm> wrote:
> In the next few days I'm going to be building the openwrt images to use at
> the SCaLE conference. I will have ~50 APs deployed supporting ~3k attendees.
> This will be running on WNDR3700v2 and WNDR3800 APs. Since I am compiling
> the firmware myself, I can add in patches to gather and log stats for things
> that are not normally reported
> The wireless network architecture is:
> separate ESSIDs for 2.4 vs 5.
> each band gets bridged to a different VLAN
> the APs are configured not to forward broadcast traffic from one wireless
> client to another on the same AP (although broadcast traffic from one AP
> probably goes out others after hitting the wire now that I think about it)
> I have all logs from the APs sent to a central logserver
> I have use rrdtool to catpture normal bandwith/cpu/etc stats
> I also have rrdtool capture how many clients are connected to each ESSID
> every minute.
> What else can I gather related to the wifi?
> I think it would be useful if we could gather info along the lines of
> amount of airtime used
> how much latency is added to packets while waiting to transmit because it's
> hearing something else transmit?
> amount of unused airtime available
> average effective bit rate
> percentage of time spent doing broadcasts (things required to operate at the
> lowest bit rate)
> Part of the reason that I compile my own firmware images is that I
> completely disable connection tracking in the kernel (because clients may
> move from one AP to another in the middle of a connection it's a waste of
> cpu and memory to track), and as a result of these optimizations, there is
> actually quite a bit of CPU available. The boxes almost never hit 20% cpu
> utilization, so there's quite a bit available to gather other stats.
> some of the stats I gather are in messages spit out by the kernel, others
> from scrips running on the box querying things in /proc or /sys, and others
> from watching logs and summarizing them once a minute. I even have a process
> that goes threough all the connection logs for the duration of the show and
> graph how many unique MAC addresses we've seen and a breakdown into the
> different vendor prefixes. If there's a way to get the data, I can support
> it.
> If there are fq_codel stats that people would find interesting in this
> environment, I can gather those as well (both on the APs and on the Debian
> based firewall/gateway)
> David Lang
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