Updates on PAN

I did work on the PAN connection for the Nokia N810. As I described earlier ( Bluetooth PAN) I used maemo-pan on the Nokia and the setup as described in the mentioned tutorial on the Ubuntu desktop. It worked but I needed to set the desktop address of the computer within the Nokia by hand. Additionally the connection setup took quite some time since I always started the dhcp server new for each connection and it only worked for one PAN connection at a time.

I made two improvements to the old setup. First I added some functionality to the maemo-pan that it lets the user select the device to connect to. The second improvement I made on the Ubuntu desktop. Instead of starting the dhcp server on the newly create interface I create a bridge interface and add the new created interface to the bridged interfaces. This way I only need to start the dhcp server once for the bridge interface. This way it supports more then one PAN connection at once and it runs much more stable than before.

I wrote a small tutorial how to setup a Bluetooth PAN on Ubuntu with a bridge interface.

For the maemo-pan I sent a patch to the project.

Additional note the problem I got with Bluetooth on Ubuntu 8.04 beta is now with the release of Ubuntu 8.04 resolved. The pand binary is available again.