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Create WIFI Hotspot using Wireless Connection

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:07 pm
by wizzybang
Hi All,

Just installed Mint 18.2, a linux newbie and all is well so far, loving it!!

I am looking at trying to create a WIFI hotspot using my laptops wireless connection, is this possible.

I'm using Mint 18.2. The laptop is pretty old it's a Lenovo Thinkpad R500 beast but Mint works like a dream. The network card is a Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN.

So as mentioned, is it possible to share the WIFI connection on this beast of a machine!

I did try searching but couldn't really find much on sharing wireless connections, just sharing wired connections.

Thanks

Sam
A Mint Newbie

Re: Create WIFI Hotspot using Wireless Connection

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:08 pm
by JeremyB
sam post results from terminal for

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iwconfig
So I can give more than a generic answer

Re: Create WIFI Hotspot using Wireless Connection

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:42 pm
by wizzybang
Hi Jeremy,

Thanks for the response

These are the results:

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ens5      no wireless extensions.

wlp3s0    IEEE 802.11  ESSID:"BTHub3-QF8W"  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: 5C:7D:5E:A2:28:1C   
          Bit Rate=72.2 Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   
          Retry short limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:on
          Link Quality=56/70  Signal level=-54 dBm  
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:2  Invalid misc:182   Missed beacon:0

lo        no wireless extensions.

Thanks

Re: Create WIFI Hotspot using Wireless Connection

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:54 pm
by JeremyB
In terminal

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sudo apt-get install hostapd git build-essential
git clone https://github.com/oblique/create_ap.git
cd create_ap
sudo make install
Whenever you want to use it

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sudo create_ap wlp3s0 wlp3s0
followed by what you want to use for a network name and password, I think the password needs to have at least 8 digits so

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sudo create_ap wlp3s0 wlp3s0 mytest jeremyb1
Should work

Re: Create WIFI Hotspot using Wireless Connection

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:03 pm
by wizzybang
Did most of what you posted but when coming to the last part i get this error:

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ERROR: Your adapter does not support AP (master) mode
I'm guessing my adaptor won't support it?

Re: Create WIFI Hotspot using Wireless Connection

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:23 pm
by JeremyB
wizzybang wrote:Did most of what you posted but when coming to the last part i get this error:

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ERROR: Your adapter does not support AP (master) mode
I'm guessing my adaptor won't support it?
I think that might be correct

Re: Create WIFI Hotspot using Wireless Connection

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:24 pm
by wizzybang
Ah, never mind. Was worth a try, thanks for the help anyhow very much appreciated Jeremy. :)

Re: Create WIFI Hotspot using Wireless Connection

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:44 am
by sammiev
Hi Jeremy,

Just a thumbs up that it's working on the right hardware.

Been looking at this for a while now and this thread gave the push to do so.

Many Thanks