Using Raspberry Pi Cellular IoT Application Shield as a Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you have a Raspberry Pi with Cellular IoT Application Shield connected to a Cellular Network, you can easily convert it to a Wi-Fi Hotspot. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a WiFi Raspberry Pi Hotspot with you.



PPP and QMI interface are supported by Cellular IoT HAT and Cellular IoT Application Shield too, but the connection speed would be not appropriate to share as a hotspot.


Before getting started

To make a hotspot, you must first connect to the PPP or QMI interface. We recommend installing the QMI Interface because it is faster than PPP.

First, make a backup of the Wi-Fi connection configuration.

To do this, go to the terminal of the raspberry pi and run the following commands:

sudo cp /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.sav
sudo cp /dev/null /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

Add following lines in the file /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev

After that, all we need to do is install RaspAP.

RasAP is a software that allows us to manage the access point and hotspot on the web interface.

Quick installer

Install RaspAP from your RaspberryPi’s shell prompt:

curl -sL | bash



IP address:

Username: admin

Password: secret

DHCP range: to

SSID: raspi-webgui

Password: ChangeMe

From the Configure hotspot tab, set and save as follows.


Thanks, RaspAP.


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Updated 27 days ago

Using Raspberry Pi Cellular IoT Application Shield as a Wi-Fi Hotspot

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