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Date:   Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:40:17 +0100
From:   Linus Lüssing <>
To:     Rafał Miłecki <>
Cc:     Stephen Hemminger <>,
        Felix Fietkau <>,
        Arend van Spriel <>,
        Franky Lin <>,
        Hante Meuleman <>,
        Chi-Hsien Lin <>,
        Wright Feng <>,
        Pieter-Paul Giesberts <>,
        Network Development <>,,
        "" <>,
        "open list:BROADCOM BRCM80211 IEEE802.11n WIRELESS DRIVER
Subject: Re: Problem with bridge (mcast-to-ucast + hairpin) and Broadcom's
 802.11f in their FullMAC fw

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 10:46:45AM +0100, Rafał Miłecki wrote:
> On 27 February 2018 at 18:05, Stephen Hemminger
> > ebtables is your friend in dealing with weird and broken devices.
> It may be weird, not sure if actually broken. Anyway I'd like to have
> some generic solution instead of telling every user to use ebtables to
> workaround the problem.

I agree that a "broken by default" in OpenWRT/LEDE for a variety
of Broadcom devices is not really acceptable.

Technically we could teach netifd in OpenWRT/LEDE to configure
ebtables accordingly, at least for a list of affected devices,
so that users would not have to. However, as ebtables is not
managed by the fw3 in OpenWRT/LEDE, that would probably interfer
with user provided ebtables rules and scripts...

> That said I think we still should look for a solution for existing
> firmwares. I guess it may takes months to years to never to release
> new firmwares for all supported chipsets.

Hm, we could change the default in OpenWRT/LEDE for
multicast-to-unicast (or more precisely bridge hairpinning) to
disabled again for now.

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