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On Wed, Mar 12, 2003 at 10:15 PM, linuxppp@indiainfo.com wrote:
> Hi all,
> am currently working on PPP over serial interface (RS485) in
> linux 2.4.2-2. I believe RS485 half duplex system and hence
> only one can transmit at a time. And for RS485 we basicaly
> use Master-Slave or Primary-Secondary kind of communication.
> I don't know how to achieve the same using PPP since i need
> to have max of 10 nodes connected via serial interface. I
> tested with two nodes using PPP daemon it works fine.
> Following are the commands i issued
>
> In PPP server:
> $usr/sbin/pppd -detach crtscts 10.10.10.100:10.10.10.101
> 115200 /dev/ttyS0 &
>
> In PPP client side :
> $/usr/sbin/pppd call ppp-start
> where ppp-start file is copied into directory /etc/ppp/peers/
> that had the following
>
> -detach /dev/ttyS0 115200 crtscts
> noauth
>
> This point to point communication worked fine with RS485
> interface. If i had to connect one more node what i need to
> do. Please clarify with the following
>
> i) Whether the existing pppd takes care of the RS485 with
> multi node , if so how do i manage giving commands
> ii) If there is no direct support how do i go ahead. Is there
> any other layer 2 protocol allows me to acheive TCP/IP
> communicattion over RS485 which is my ultimatum.
>
> I will be grateful if anybody of them could help me with my
> current problem.
>

I believe Point-to-Point Protocol only supports point-to-point symmetric
links. Don't think there is any multi-point support in the protocol. IIRC,
PPP also requires a full duplex link, which is not available on an RS-485
link with more than two stations, even if it is a 4-wire link.

I don't know of an easy way around this fundamental limitation.

Maybe somebody on the kernel list has a suggestion.

Cheers

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