How to make your Ubuntu PC a wireless access point

With the release of the latest Ubuntu operating system, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, creating an access point has become easier than ever before. Using a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can connect your computer’s Internet connection to other wireless devices such as smartphones, televisions, etc.

This guide describes simple steps to turn your Ubuntu into a wireless access point. We run this guide on a device with a network chip that supports connecting to two wireless devices at the same time. If your wireless chip does not support this feature, you will have to use a wired Internet connection as an access point for your Ubuntu system.

Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot on Ubuntu 18.04

Please follow these steps to turn your Ubuntu system into a Wi-Fi hotspot:

Open the Settings utility via Ubuntu Dash as follows:

Open Ubuntu Dashboard - Settings

OR

Click the down arrow located in the upper right corner of the Ubuntu screen, and then click the settings icon located in the left corner, as follows:

Wi-FiSettings

The Settings dialog box opens, displaying Wifi the tab is open by default. In the left panel, you can see the available Wi-Fi networks, including the one to which you are connected:

List of Wi-Fi Networks

In the list of visible networks, select the one you want to use for the Wi-Fi access point, and then click the settings button, as shown in the following figure:

Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot

Select the option “Enable Wi-Fi hotspot”.

The following dialog box appears asking you to confirm the inclusion of a hot spot:

Confirm Wi-Fi Hotspot on Ubuntu

Select the enable option if you want to continue.

Now you can view the recently configured Wi-Fi access point in the list of visible networks as follows:

Wi-Fi hotspot appears below visible networks

Your wireless device will now display “Linux” in the list of available Wi-Fi networks. You can connect to this network using the password shown on the Wi-Fi panel above.

Disable Wi-Fi hotspot

If you want to stop using your system as a Wi-Fi access point, follow these steps:

Open the Settings utility via Ubuntu Dash as follows:

Go to settings

Turn off the Wi-Fi Hotspot button as follows:

Disable the Wi-Fi hotspot button

Please confirm if you want to stop the hot spot by clicking the Stop Hotspot button; it will also disconnect all users currently connected to the Linux network

OR

Click the down arrow located in the upper right corner of the Ubuntu screen, and then select the “Turn Off” option under the active access point as follows:

An alternative way to turn off the W-Lan access point.

Your active access point will be disconnected.

As you have already seen, it is now extremely simple to turn your system into a Wi-Fi access point in Ubuntu so that people around you can use your Internet connection to connect their smart devices to the Internet,

How to make your Ubuntu PC a wireless access point

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