I have a PI running Stretch.
It has a WiFi dongle and works/worked as a WAP.
Recently I updated it (
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade)
It was working.
But it got power rebooted and the WAP stopped working.
I have been looking everywhere and can't really get an answer.
Give: The dongle works. The USB port works. I have tried a different dongle.
I know the dongle works because I can run a python script to scan for visible WAPS, and it produces a list.
If the dongle wasn't working, I would not expect to see that.
When I start
hostapd it locks up.
(That is with keyboard, mouse and monitor plugged in. Not headless.)
Research has hinted at
wpa_supplicant and the latest update going backwards with security.
hostapd is masked because of (reasons beyond my knowledge).
I am trying to find how to resolve this, as I am sure there are others who use their RPI as a WAP.
I have uninstalled
dnsmasq and other things, then reinstalled them. No luck.
So I am hoping that it is a simple thing to do with software.
Simple for people who know what they are doing. Not me.
Would someone please help me with working out what the problem is?
This is where I am at with the search:
WPA supplicant file mentioning
It looks promising, but not in a way I can understand what needs to be done.