Make Debian a wireless access point

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With the release of Debian’s newest operating system, Debian Buster 10, creating a hotspot is easier than ever. With a WiFi hotspot, you can allow other wireless devices such as smartphones and televisions etc. to use your computer’s internet connection.

This tutorial describes the simple steps how to turn your Debian into a WLAN access point. We’re running this tutorial on a device with a network chip that supports connecting two wireless devices at the same time. If your WiFi chip does not support this functionality, you will need to use your wired internet connection as a hotspot for your Debian system.

Please follow these steps to turn your Debian system into a WiFi hotspot:

Open the Settings utility from the Application Launcher search as follows:


Click the down arrow in the top right corner of your Debian desktop, then click the Settings icon in the left corner as follows:

The Settings dialog opens; In the left pane, click the Wifi option. In the right pane, you’ll see the available WiFi networks, including the one you’re connected to:

WiFi settings

In the list of visible networks, click the one you want to use for the Wi-Fi hotspot, then click the Options button as shown in the following image:

Activate WiFi hotspot

Select the Enable Wi-Fi hotspot option. The following dialog opens and asks you to confirm the activation of the hotspot again:

To turn on

Select the Turn On option if you are ready to continue.

You can now display the newly set up WiFi hotspot under the list of visible networks as follows:

WiFi hotspot settings

Your wireless device will now show “Debian” in the list of available WiFi networks. You can connect to this network using the password shown in the Wi-Fi box above.

Disconnect the WiFi hotspot

If you no longer want to use your system as a WiFi hotspot, proceed as follows:

Open the Settings utility and turn off the Wi-Fi hotspot button in the WiFi panel as follows:

Deactivate WiFi hotspot

Please confirm again whether you want to stop the hotspot by clicking the Stop Hotspot button; This will also disconnect any users currently connected to the Linux network


Click the down arrow in the top right corner of your Debian screen, then click the Power Off option under the active Hotspot entry as follows:

Turn off WiFi using the settings icon

Your active hotspot will be disconnected.

As you have seen, Debian has now made it extremely easy to turn your system into a Wi-Fi hotspot so that the people around you can use your internet connection to connect their smart devices to the internet.

Make Debian a wireless access point