“While hackers do good most of the time, we occasionally do evil.
While hackers do good most of the time, we occasionally do evil and play a prank. The ESP8266, unlike JSON, allows me to do evil. Thus, I programmed the microcontroller for an evil purpose: slow down the WiFi.
Packet from a station is always addressed toward the access point, even if its destination is another station. The access point then relays the packet either via a wired interface, or wirelessly toward the recipient station. The two transmissions (from station to access point, and from access point to recipient station) can choose speeds independently.One class of network packets is broadcast packet, where a packet is addressed to a broadcast address, and is intended to be received by multiple recipients. Broadcast packet from a station is also relayed through the access point: the access point receives it from the sender, and forwards the packet toward the recipients. However, a major difference from regular unicast packets is: there are multiple recipients, and the access point is no longer able to choose a speed according to the channel quality between the access point and the single recipient. In this case, WiFi standards mandate the access point to transmit the broadcast packet at the lowest speed.This ESP8266 Arduino code establishes a WiFi access point on channel 6, and then repeatedly transmits broadcast packets as fast as possible. Since each channel refers to a single wireless frequency, this would affect all WiFi networks on the same channel, even if the stations are connected to other access points. (I can suggest for people who would like to have more stable effect - Buy 13 ESP modules for every Wi-Fi channel.)”