[Ovmsdev] Poor wifi performance

Stephen Casner casner at acm.org
Sat Jan 5 14:56:59 HKT 2019


You're right that we can't depend on the websocket job queue overflow
to detect loss of wifi connectivity.  If the improvements in the wifi
driver make it sufficiently robust to detect disassociation, then we
may not need to do anything else to work around that problem.

However, there may well be situations where wifi is able to associate
just fine, but there is no connectivity upstream from that point to
the server.  To handle such cases I think it would be a good idea to
have a signal that both the websocket and server-v[23] can send to
netmanager to trigger switching to another path.

                                                        -- Steve

On Fri, 4 Jan 2019, Michael Balzer wrote:

> Steve,
> you could have enabled event logging additionally, but there clearly is no event from the wifi driver on the disassociation, or the netmanager would have logged
> this as well.
> You're probably right in the websocket job queue overflow indicating the loss, but that won't fit as a general canary, as it's only active while at least one
> web client is connected.
> Another thing you could monitor is the signal quality, or maybe check for a lack of update callbacks? That's CSIRxCallback in esp32wifi.
> But that's all working around the underlying wifi blob bug. We first should check if the current IDF blob does a better job.
> Regards,
> Michael
> Am 04.01.19 um 06:15 schrieb Stephen Casner:
> > Yesterday I found another instance where I could not ssh to OVMS nor
> > ping it.  This time I verified in my router status that the wifi
> > association with OVMS was "inactive" (down).  The iPhone app said that
> > server-v2 was not hear for 108 minutes.  This time I have a full log
> > file covering back to the previous day, which is attached.
> >
> > I connected to OVMS with the serial console and the output from the
> > serial monitor is appended to the attached log file.  The "wifi stat"
> > and "net stat" commands both indicated that the wifi connection was up
> > when all the external indications were to the contrary.  Going back
> > 108 minutes in the log file corresponds roughly to the first instance
> > of "job queue overflow detected".  Perhaps the web server can act as
> > the canary in the coal mine?  There is no indication that the wifi
> > driver signaled any problem at that time.
> >
> > Diagnosing this problem is difficult because the loss of connectivity
> > occurs after a day or a few days of operation.  I have not tried the
> > current esp-idf yet; I may do that, but I'm not sure how long that
> > would need to operate without loss to determine success.
> >
> >                                                         -- Steve

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