Node monitoring

Gluon is capable of announcing information about each node to the mesh and to neighbouring nodes. This allows nodes to learn each others hostname, IP addresses, location, software versions and various other information.

Format of collected data

Information to be announced is currently split into three categories:

In this category (mostly) static information is collected. If something is unlikely to change without human intervention it should be put here.
This category holds fast changing data, like traffic counters, uptime, system load or the selected gateway.
neighbours contains information about all neighbouring nodes of all interfaces. This data can be used to determine the network topology.

All categories will have a node_id key. It should be used to relate data of different catagories.

Accessing Node Information

There are two packages responsible for distribution of the information. For one, information is distributed across the mesh using alfred. Information between neighbouring nodes is exchanged using gluon-respondd.

alfred (mesh bound)

The package gluon-alfred is required for this to work.

Using alfred both categories are distributed within the mesh. In order to retrieve the data you’ll need both a local alfred daemon and alfred-json installed. Please note that at least one alfred daemon is required to run as master.

The following datatypes are used:

  • nodeinfo: 158
  • statistics: 159
  • neighbours: 160

All data is compressed using GZip (alfred-json can handle the decompression).

In order to retrieve statistics data you could run:

# alfred-json -z -r 159
  "f8:d1:11:7e:97:dc": {
    "processes": {
      "total": 55,
      "running": 2
    "idletime": 30632.290000000001,
    "uptime": 33200.07,
    "memory": {
      "free": 1660,
      "cached": 8268,
      "total": 29212,
      "buffers": 2236
    "node_id": "f8d1117e97dc",
    "loadavg": 0.01
  "90:f6:52:3e:b9:50": {
    "processes": {
      "total": 58,
      "running": 2
    "idletime": 28047.470000000001,
    "uptime": 33307.849999999999,
    "memory": {
      "free": 2364,
      "cached": 7168,
      "total": 29212,
      "buffers": 1952
    "node_id": "90f6523eb950",
    "loadavg": 0.34000000000000002

You can find more information about alfred in its README.


gluon-respondd allows querying neighbouring nodes for their information. It is a daemon listening on the multicast address ff02::2:1001 on UDP port 1001 on both the bare mesh interfaces and br-client. Unicast requests are supported as well.

The supported requests are:

  • nodeinfo, statistics, neighbours: Returns the data of single category uncompressed.
  • GET nodeinfo, …: Returns the data of one or multiple categories (separated by spaces) compressed using the deflate algorithm (without a gzip header). The data may be decompressed using zlib and many zlib bindings using -15 as the window size parameter.


The programm gluon-neighbour-info can be used to retrieve information from other nodes.

gluon-neighbour-info -i wlan0 \
-p 1001 -d ff02:0:0:0:0:0:2:1001 \
-r nodeinfo

An optional timeout may be specified, e.g. -t 5 (default: 3 seconds). See the usage information printed by gluon-neighbour-info -h for more information about the supported arguments.

Adding a data provider

To add a provider, you need to install a shared object into /lib/gluon/respondd. For more information, refer to the respondd README and have a look the existing providers.