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This section will discuss setting up the WiFi device as an access point that is bridged to an ethernet port. That is, clients can connect to the AP and will be connected to the ethernet network through this network bridge. The ethernet network must provide a DHCP server; this will be passed through the bridge to WiFi client devices as they connect.
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The 'hostapd' utility is used to manage the access point of the device. This is usually installed by default, but can be installed with:
 
The 'hostapd' utility is used to manage the access point of the device. This is usually installed by default, but can be installed with:
  

Latest revision as of 10:21, 11 October 2019

This section will discuss setting up the WiFi device as an access point that is bridged to an ethernet port. That is, clients can connect to the AP and will be connected to the ethernet network through this network bridge. The ethernet network must provide a DHCP server; this will be passed through the bridge to WiFi client devices as they connect.

The 'hostapd' utility is used to manage the access point of the device. This is usually installed by default, but can be installed with:

apt-get update && apt-get install hostapd -y

Note: The install process may start an unconfigured 'hostapd' process. This process must be killed before moving forward.


Modify the file "/etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf" to have the following lines:

ssid=YourWiFiName
wpa_passphrase=Somepassphrase
interface=wlan0
bridge=br0
auth_algs=3
channel=7
driver=nl80211
hw_mode=g
logger_stdout=-1
logger_stdout_level=2
max_num_sta=5
rsn_pairwise=CCMP
wpa=2
wpa_key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
wpa_pairwise=TKIP CCMP
Note: Refer to the kernel's hostapd documentation for more wireless configuration options.


The access point can be started and tested by hand:

hostapd /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf


Systemd auto-start with bridge to eth0

It is possible to configure the auto-start of 'hostapd' through systemd. The configuration outlined below will set up a bridge with "eth0", meaning the Wi-Fi connection is directly connected to the ethernet network. The ethernet network is required to have a DHCP server present and active on it to assign Wi-Fi clients an IP address. This setup will allow Wi-Fi clients access to the same network as the ethernet port, and the bridge interface will allow the platform itself to access the network.


Set up hostapd

First, create the file "/etc/systemd/system/hostapd_user.service" with the following contents:

[Unit]
Description=Hostapd IEEE 802.11 AP
Wants=network.target
Before=network.target
Before=network.service
After=sys-subsystem-net-devices-wlan0.device
After=sys-subsystem-net-devices-br0.device
BindsTo=sys-subsystem-net-devices-wlan0.device
BindsTo=sys-subsystem-net-devices-br0.device
 
[Service]
Type=forking
PIDFile=/run/hostapd.pid
ExecStart=/usr/sbin/hostapd /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf -P /run/hostapd.pid -B
 
[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Then enable this in systemd:

systemctl enable hostapd_user.service
systemctl enable systemd-networkd


Set up bridging

Create the following files with the listed contents.


"/etc/systemd/network/br0.netdev"

[NetDev]
Name=br0
Kind=bridge


"/etc/systemd/network/br0.network"

[Match]
Name=br0
 
[Network]
DHCP=yes


"/etc/systemd/network/bridge.network"

[Match]
Name=eth0
 
[Network]
Bridge=br0