morphy_richards wrote:Serious question for something I am working on.
I know it's been stated PiNet does not work well with WiFI because of latency but is this the case now with the separate bus used for the RPi 3 WiFi interface, could a Raspberry Pi 3 / PiNet WiFi network work well?
After all, faster data transmission has been observed over WiFi with the Pi3 than with a wired connection.
Yeah, unfortunately given how wifi itself works, is (max!) 120mbit/s shared between all Pis, it doesn't bode well from the start (Ethernet is usually 1000mbit/s shared between all Pis). Then to make it worse, that is for if you have a perfectly designed room for the wifi and no other devices. As soon as you introduce weird shaped rooms etc, wifi gets slower and less reliable. Means packets have to be re-requested repeatedly.
All you then need is other devices to connect to the wireless network, or have interference from other wireless transmitters or devices and you might as well give up...
Hence why wifi isn't a great method for booting operating systems off unfortunately.
Lead developer of PiNet, a free and opensource centralised user accounts and file storage system for Raspberry Pi classrooms used in over 200 schools across the world.