Using Sixfab Raspberry Pi Shield/HAT as a Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you have a Raspberry Pi with Sixfab shield/HAT connected to a Cellular Network, you can easily convert it into a Wi-Fi Hotspot. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a WiFi Raspberry Pi hotspot.

Note: 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.

Before you get started, it's important to set up your hardware correctly and have a cellular internet connection. To set up the hardware please follow:

Installation

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
update_config=1

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.

Prerequisites

Start with a clean install of the latest release of Raspberry Pi OS (32-bit) Lite. The Raspberry Pi OS desktop and 64-bit beta distros are unsupported.

  1. Update Raspbian, including the kernel and firmware, followed by a reboot:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get full-upgrade
sudo reboot
  1. Set the "WLAN country" option in raspi-config's Localisation Options: sudo raspi-config

With the prerequisites done, you can proceed with the Quick installer steps below.

Quick installer

Install RaspAP from your RaspberryPi’s shell prompt:

curl -sL https://install.raspap.com | bash

After the reboot at the end of the installation the wireless network will be configured as an access point as follows:

  • IP address : 10.3.141.1
    • Username: admin
    • Password: secret
  • DHCP range: 10.3.141.50 to 10.3.141.255
  • SSID: raspi-webgui
  • Password: ChangeMe

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

Using Sixfab Raspberry Pi Shield/HAT as a Wi-Fi HotspotUsing Sixfab Raspberry Pi Shield/HAT as a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Using Sixfab Raspberry Pi Shield/HAT as a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Please see the webpage for more information about the RaspAP.


Thank you RaspAP :heart:

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