Using Ubuntu machine as wireless router?

Nils Kassube kassube at
Sat Oct 18 20:53:48 UTC 2008

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> I am sorry that I was unclear.


> I have found outdated information 
> regarding the configuration of Ubuntu as an access point. If someone
> has more up to date information, or can confirm that the methods that
> were valid in 7.04 are valid in 8.10, then I would appreciate it. Here
> is some old info that may or may not be valid today:

This howto looks like it should work with 8.04. But I have to admit that I 
didn't check every single command (the machine with Atheros card is in 
use for other things right now). I don't remember that I had to compile 
the madwifi driver, though. IIRC the Madwifi driver coming with the 
linux-restricted-modules package worked out of the box. But beware, not 
every Atheros card works with the Madwifi driver - check it before you 
purchase a card.


This thread doesn't seem to be very useful. It might be good enough if you 
want WEP encryption only, but if you want WPA/WPA2 you need the hostapd 
package (and a card capable of WPA/WPA2 obviously). But one of the 
comments included this link which looks quite useful: 
<> I think I 
used the information from this page when I was experimenting with the AP 


This seems to be useful for the client side only, not for the access 


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