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How to set up a simple wifi hotspot on Fedora 20

asked 2014-06-18 11:42:06 -0500

linuxnoob9000 gravatar image

updated 2014-06-18 12:34:10 -0500

I am trying to set up a WEP wifi hotspot (not adhoc) and I have a wireless card capable of doing so. I found a video (link) that seems to suggest that there should be a built in feature that does this. However, the desktop environment I am using (MATE) does not have an option to create a wifi hotspot in its network manager, unlike the gnome desktop shown in the video. Is there any way to start a WEP wifi hotspot from the terminal? I am fairly new to fedora, and linux in general, so sorry if this is a stupid question.

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answered 2015-01-31 15:33:49 -0500

linuxarpan gravatar image

am not sure but read /etc/sysconfig/network/scripts/ifcfg-your_device ,as i know you can edit and specify some healthy optoin serach google for the line needs to be added

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answered 2014-11-25 05:45:52 -0500

In Fedora 21 (and probably in Fedora 20 too), after the ad-hoc connection is created, the activation is possible by clicking to NetworkManager icon and then choose "Connect to a hidden network..." where newly created ad-hoc "connection" is available to pick up.

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answered 2015-01-26 13:41:19 -0500

You can also try the option of wireless shared in Fedora 21

Thanks & Regards, Matka & SattaMatka

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answered 2014-06-19 05:13:02 -0500

hedayat gravatar image

Well, you still use NetworkManager, therefore this is what you can do:

  1. Open NetworkManager settings.
  2. Press 'Add' button and select WiFi connection type
  3. In 'WiFi' tab:
    1. Write the network name into 'SSID' box
    2. In the 'Mode' field select 'AdHoc' (If your wireless card supports infrastructure mode, you can try that. However, you might first create a hotspot in adhoc mode and when it works, change the Mode to Infrastructure)
  4. In 'General' tab:
    1. Uncheck all boxes (we don't want this network to be used automatically, or by other users probably!)
  5. In 'WiFi Security' tab configure your desired WEP configuration
  6. In 'IPv4 Settings' tab, select 'Shared to other computers' for 'Method'
  7. Now, 'save' the connection

Now, the connection is created. When you 'connect' to this connection, a WiFi hotspot is created. If the new connection doesn't still appear in the wireless selection list, you can try to 'connect' to that SSID and appropriate connection should be created.

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Unfortunately, that doesn't work. Starting an ad-hoc network and changing it to infrastructure while its running doesn't actually change it from ad-hoc mode. Also, trying to start it from infrastructure mode doesn't work. My computer thinks that it is a normal network that I am try to connect to, rather than one I am trying to host.

linuxnoob9000 gravatar imagelinuxnoob9000 ( 2014-06-19 11:10:40 -0500 )edit

I actually didn't mean changing from ad-hoc to infrastructure while the ad-hoc network is created. But I thought that changing to infrastructure and then connecting should work. If not, I'm clueless. Unfortunately my wifi card doesn't support being an access point, so that I cannot see how NM does configure a hotspot in infrastructure mode.

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2014-06-19 12:03:07 -0500 )edit

the option of save is not coming in fedora 19

anuragvarshney gravatar imageanuragvarshney ( 2014-11-08 07:36:55 -0500 )edit

Are you sure? It should be there.

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2014-11-11 01:39:17 -0500 )edit

Still Confused, Can we also try the option of wireless shared in Fedora 21

Thanks & Regards, Matka & SattaMatka

SattaMatka gravatar imageSattaMatka ( 2015-01-26 13:43:56 -0500 )edit

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