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  • Well, this tutorial comes closest to configuring my Raspberry Pi 3 as an access point. At least it assigns the defined static IP address to the wlan0 interface. I followed the instructions up through the "Test WiFi Connection" section, However, the network name I defined isn't showing up as a network option for my laptop.

    I followed the instructions to the T and triple checked the config files. The only think I did differently is use the Nov 2018 version of Raspian (and I used the light version). I didn't try the March 2018 version used in the tutorial. I might try this, even tho it appears to be the non-lite version (with a GUI).

    If anyone has suggestions, thanks in advance!


    • I tried the same thing as you the Nov 2018 Raspbian Lite version and just like you wasn't able to get the tutorial to work.

      However, the one linked in this tutorial March 2018 worked great after one small addition before you start run:

      "sudo apt-get update"

      otherwise you'll get the following error:

      Err:1 stretch/main armhf hostapd armhf 2:2.4-1+deb9u1 404 Not Found [IP: 80] E: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found [IP: 80]

      The apt-get update command downloads the package lists from the repositories and "updates" them to get information on the newest versions of packages and their dependencies.

      I was also successful in using the March 2018 in headless mode. I dropped a blank "ssh" file in the boot partition and was able to run the complete tutorial without having to hook-up a keyboard and mouse. The Raspberry Pi 3 was hooked up over wired ethernet.

      Hope this helps!

  • Straight and to the point. Thanks for posting!

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