Tested on:Raspberry Pi 3; Raspbian Jessie
Prerequisites:Raspberry Pi with Raspbian Jessie(see steps 1-5 in the Introduction)

Configure the Raspberry Pi 3 as Wireless Access Point (WAP) for Raspbian Jessie

Configuring a Raspberry Pi as wireless access point (WAP) is pretty great since it allows setting up a local network without internet access, for example for safe smartphone interfaces and similar.

Here is the tutorial for setting up a WAP with a Wifi dongle and Raspbian Wheezy: WAP on Wheezy.
However, for running a WAP on Raspbian Jessie, some minor changes apply. In Raspbian Jessie, static IPs have to be assigned in /etc/dhcpcd.conf instead of /etc/network/interfaces. So, for setting up a WAP in Jessie, follow the tutorial linked above with these changes:

Do not add

in /etc/network/interfaces.

Instead, open dhcpcd.conf with sudo nano /etc/dhcpcd.conf and add

at the end of the file with X.Y.Z being the same as in the old tutorial.

Additionally, enabling autologin is not required anymore since it is the default for Raspbian Jessie.

Special thanks to Ian Nichols for the help!

Wireless Access Point with a Wifi dongle and Raspbian Wheezy: http://www.knight-of-pi.org/setup-a-raspberry-pi-as-wireless-access-point-wap-with-the-logilink-wl0084b-nl80211/

Knight of Pi

Johannes Bergs aka Knight of Pi. Diploma in Bioinformatics, some Webdesign and Python coding then. Living in the beautiful city of Vienna.


  1. Do you have any idea how many devices could successfully connect at once?

    • Sorry but no; would be interest in this, too. HypRiot is and clustering OS for the RPi, that may be interesting for you.
      I’m hoping to make an article on that these days…


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