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SubjectRe: 2.6.38: rt2800usb: high latency (1000ms)?
Hi!

> On Wed, 13 Apr 2011, Daniel Halperin wrote:
>
>> On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM, Justin Piszcz
>> <jpiszcz@lucidpixels.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> When powersave is enabled, it is very jumpy, I've used satellite comms
>>> before
>>> and (~600ms-1200ms was more smooth) as it did not jump around as
>>> much. The
>>> application is just a standalone desktop with minimal activity for the
>>> majority
>>> of the time, maybe thats why..
>>>
>>> With powersave disabled, I now see 0% packet loss (802.11n) and low
>>> ping
>>> times, this looks like the proper solution for the wireless USB
>>> device I
>>> am using. By the way, is it possible/are there wireless USB devices
>>> out
>>> there
>>> that support wake on wireless lan (WOWL?
>>>
>>> Your ping command with power off:
>>> 1408 bytes from server (192.168.1.2): icmp_req=539 ttl=64 time=1.07 ms
>>> 1408 bytes from server (192.168.1.2): icmp_req=540 ttl=64 time=1.31 ms
>>> 1408 bytes from server (192.168.1.2): icmp_req=541 ttl=64 time=1.07 ms
>>> 1408 bytes from server (192.168.1.2): icmp_req=542 ttl=64 time=1.26 ms
>>>
>>> Your ping command with power on:
>>> 1408 bytes from server (192.168.1.2): icmp_req=649 ttl=64 time=1.80 ms
>>> 1408 bytes from server (192.168.1.2): icmp_req=650 ttl=64 time=1.85 ms
>>> 1408 bytes from server (192.168.1.2): icmp_req=651 ttl=64 time=2.86 ms
>>> 1408 bytes from server (192.168.1.2): icmp_req=652 ttl=64 time=1.46 ms
>>>
>>> You are correct, if there is a lot of traffic, its good, but if the
>>> system
>>> is relatively idle and all that's going on is an SSH session, there is
>>> horrible
>>> latency.
>>
>> Gotcha. I might still look around in the network stack and/or driver
>> and see what the time constants are. For instance:
>>
>> (1) What is the AP's beacon period and DTIM? Typical values are 100
>> TUs for beacons (102.4 ms) and 2 for DTIM (2 beacons per power-save
>> wakeup) which should imply a mean of 100 and max of 200 ms delay even
>> on pings.
> I am using a WNDR3700 with default settings in terms of beacons/etc. No
> issues with any device (laptop, computer, etc (in windows)), I have two
> wireless USB adapters (bought two) and in Windows, no problems, I
> don't think
> it is the WNDR3700. As far as linux/wpa-supplicant, using default
> settings.
>
>
>>
>> (2) How long does the client wait after waking up to go back to sleep?
>> It should be at least a few seconds. For ssh, then, you should see
>> something like a 100-200 ms delay for the first key and then nothing
>> at all unless you stop typing for a bit.
> It lags with each word I type, it is terrible. If I run something like
> dmesg or ps auxww, the entire session freezes for 5-10 seconds before it
> comes back.

Yes, it's terrible. I have the same problems with ping and ssh with
latest GIT
linux on my ARM platform and two different USB Wi-Fi adapters based on
RT3070 chipset ("D-Link DWA-125" and "Qcom LR802UKN3").

>
>>
>> I'm SSHing over a Wi-Fi link that uses power save right this second,
>> and have for years. It's not generally an issue, I suspect something
>> worse is going on.
> Maybe the wireless usb adapters do not function well in Linux with
> power save
> on.
>
> I bought them awhile ago, they had the highest reviews, and in Windows,
> they did do 10-15MiB/s, in Linux, I see ~4.6MiB/s (but that was with
> power save on) about the same, 4.5MiB/s.
> http://www.amazon.com/Medialink-Wireless-Adapter-802-11n-Compatible/dp/B002RM08RE
>
>
> 100+0 records in
> 100+0 records out
> 104857600 bytes (105 MB) copied, 23.2803 s, 4.5 MB/s
>
> Justin.

Best regards!
--
Igor Plyatov


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