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From: Alexander Aring <>
To: Adika Bintang Sulaeman <>
Subject: Re: No device found for binding socket ieee802.15.4
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:37:36 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20160329083732.GA1114@omega> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>


On Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 10:46:04PM +0700, Adika Bintang Sulaeman wrote:
> Dear all linux-wpan developers and users,
> This is my first time exploring 6LoWPAN and I would like to ask you
> some questions. Before getting into questions, these are the devices
> and set up that I use:
> -Raspberry Pi Model B Rev 2
> -Raspbian OS
> -kernel from bluetooth-next ver 4.5.0-rc5+
> -MRF24J40MA Transceiver
> After setting up and installing the wpan-tools, I got my interface
> work by prompting "ip link show" and there is something like:
> 3: wpan0 <BROADCAST,NOARP> mtu 123 qdisc noop state DOWN mode DEFAULT
> group default qlen 1000
>         link/ieee802.15.4 ee:3b:07:84:64:8c:2a:71 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
> The first thing I notice strange is why after the command "sudo ip
> link add link wpan0 name lowpan0 type lowpan" the output in "ip link
> show" is a bit different, especially in link/[825]:
> 7: lowpan0 <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1280 qdisc noop state DOWN mode
> DEFAULT group default qlen 1
>         link/[825] ee:3b:07:84:64:8c:2a:71 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
> So this is the FIRST QUESTION:
> 1. Is that normal/ok to have link/[825] instead of link/ieee802.15.4?

It's okay. lowpan0 != wpan0 these are different interfaces. It should be
link/6lowpan, but this interface type is just too new and iproute2
doesn't know it. That's why it shows the identifier of such type.

We need a patch for iproute2:

diff --git a/lib/ll_types.c b/lib/ll_types.c
index 2c5bf8b..6c71c8b 100644
--- a/lib/ll_types.c
+++ b/lib/ll_types.c
@@ -35,6 +35,7 @@ static const struct {
        const char *name;
 } arphrd_names[] = {
 { 0, "generic" },

Feel free somebody to submit such patch! I cc jukkar here, because this
issue is related to btle 6lowpan also. btw: I didn't test it, just

The 6lowpan interface is the same type for 802.15.4 6LoWPAN and BTLE
6loWPAN, see slides [0].

> The second thing I notice strange is after "sudo ip link set wpan0 up"
> for both wpan0 and lowpan0, the "ifconfig" command shows that these
> network interfaces have "Link encap:UNSPEC". If I'm not mistaken, Link
> encap shows the hardware family of the interface, right?
> 2. Is that normal/ok to have Link encap:UNSPEC? Because this thing
> makes me suspicious about the next problem that I face.

I think this requires a similar fix like above for "ifconfig". It's just
eyecandy. Remember: ip > ifconfig, because ifconfig is deprecated.

> I tried to run wpan-ping daemon from /wpan-tools/wpan-ping by
> prompting "wpan-ping --daemon" but the output is "bind: No such
> device". I tried to make my own code to make a server program which
> listen to this socket interface. But when binding with bind(), I got
> the same error status "No device found".
> This leads to my THIRD QUESTION:
> 3. Why "no device found" appears? The transceiver is attached, the
> hardware address exists, the interface is up, and I am able to ping
> between two devices using ping6. I am suspicious that the problems
> that I ask you before have caused this problem.
> Do you know what's wrong here?

Don't know, I never tried the socket interface for 802.15.4. Stefan
Schmidt did some stuff there, maybe he can help here.

btw: the socket interface need a complete rework/cleanup. [1]

What I test is the raw socket interface over AF_PACKET for 802.15.4 interfaces.

- Alex


  reply	other threads:[~2016-03-29  8:37 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2016-03-28 15:46 Adika Bintang Sulaeman
2016-03-29  8:37 ` Alexander Aring [this message]
2016-03-30  1:43   ` Adika Bintang Sulaeman
2016-03-30  8:29     ` Stefan Schmidt
2016-03-30 19:21       ` Adika Bintang Sulaeman
2016-03-30 20:42         ` Stefan Schmidt
2016-03-30 20:49           ` Adika Bintang Sulaeman
2016-03-30 20:58             ` Stefan Schmidt
2016-04-03 17:09               ` Adika Bintang Sulaeman
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2016-03-28 15:21 Adika Bintang Sulaeman

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