Setting up a Raspberry Pi 3 as an Access Point

Contributors: Shawn Hymel
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Note: This tutorial was based on instructions found on this blog.

The Raspberry Pi 3 comes with a built-in wireless adapter, which makes it easy to configure it as a WiFi hotspot to share Internet or host your own internal web site. The first part of this guide will show you how to set up the Pi to broadcast its SSID, accept WiFi connections, and hand out IP addresses (using DHCP). The next section shows you how to enable a pass-through Ethernet connection should you want to share your Internet connection.

Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Raspberry Pi 3 B+


Before You Get Started!

You will want a Raspberry PI 3 or Raspberry Pi Zero W along with any hookup accessories you might need (for example, a power adapter and micro SD card).

You will want to load an operating system (OS) onto the SD card and be able to log into the Pi and open a terminal.

Note: This tutorial was created with Raspbian Stretch (version: March 2018). Using a different version may require performing different steps than what's shown in this tutorial. If you would like to download the March 2018 version of Raspbian, it can be found below.

Raspbian Stretch (version: March 2018) Download (ZIP)

If you need help installing an OS onto the Raspberry Pi, these tutorials can be helpful:

Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit Hookup Guide

Guide for getting going with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ starter kit.

Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless

Learn how to setup, configure and use the smallest Raspberry Pi yet, the Raspberry Pi Zero - Wireless.

Headless Raspberry Pi Setup

Configure a Raspberry Pi without a keyboard, mouse, or monitor.