I want to set up a Raspberry Pi 3B as a Wi-Fi router/hostpot. Is there is a quick and easy way to do it without compromising network security? I love the thought of making it into a router because the Raspberry Pi is already a prime candidate for setting up local pages, VPNs, and possibly malware scanners so I can avoid slowing down my tablet with antivirus apps!

What i'm hoping to find is either few simple steps or tools/scripts that will automate the setup process for me.

Thank you for your time!


There are a lot of tutorials on the net for transforming the pi into a router / hotspot.

Example I Example II Example III and google will produce many more.

But Like I said in comment: As @Milliways suggested - maybe the pi is not the best option for a router as the technical sense of the term. It will be very limited. If you want something to tinker with as a powerful router take a look maybe at DDWRT or tomato. OpernWRT officially supports Pi.

If you want it as a gateway ( for malaware / ads etc ) you might want to look at the PiHole project. It can also be extended as a VPN, Network manager, Malaware scanner etc. so it might give you all the functionality you want without acting as a router.

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    @user2497 I am not going to go into the merits of ddwrt as it is out of scope. But if you want to use the rpi3 as a router - I provided you with some links already - you can always try. nothing better than hands-on experience. From my experience - it is limited. but maybe other use-case might be different so I do encourage all to just try and see for yourselves. – Obmerk Kronen Jun 29 '19 at 3:10

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