Why BSSID? (was Re: A couple of minor issues with NM)

Dan Williams <dcbw redhat com> writes:

> SSID before.  It's all based of SSID, and while that may have worked in
> the past, we'll probably have to change that to some combination of SSID
> +BSSID sooner rather than later.

I still don't understand why you need this change.  Why is the SSID
not sufficient?  I've seen so many problems with NetworkManager in
multi-AP networks.  I've always written this up to NM being too
fragile w.r.t. multiple APs.

Could you please explain why the ESSID (and mode, a or b/g) isn't
sufficient in 99% of the cases?  The only times I can really think
where you'd need the BSSID is in cases of AdHoc networks, or for
networks like "linksys".  Is there some non-obvious issue that
I'm failing to comprehend?

       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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