I am trying to connect a network of Pi's using an AdHoc network and OLSRd. However, I do not want to have to change the wifi settings each time that I need to install a package.

My solution was to have 2 wifi networks configured. At high priorityو the AdHoc network. At low priority, the local wifi network. This way, any time I need to install packages, I turn off my AdHoc Network and the Pi's automatically connect to their second choice network.

I looked online but only saw to change the wpa_supplicant file.

Mine now looks like this:

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev



What else do I need to change?

Thank you.

  • What is OLSRd? How do you turn of an add AdHoc network? Do you use IBSS as AdHoc connections?
    – Ingo
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 13:30
  • OLSRd is a flavor of the mesh networking protocol OSLR (Open Link State Routing). I can create an AdHoc network on an RPi, so when that Pi is off, the network is off too. Commented Jan 21, 2020 at 19:06

1 Answer 1


My solution -- create a shell script to easily switch between AdHoc mode and internet connected mode

This does not configure OLSRd, it just creates an AdHoc network that you can connect to.

Shell script just copies the locally stored config files over to the location of the active config files

sudo cp /home/pi/adhoc_config/interfaces /etc/network/
sudo cp /home/pi/adhoc_config/dhcpd.conf /etc/dhcp/
sudo cp /home/pi/adhoc_config/isc-dhcp-server /etc/default/

Here are all the config files:


# Defaults for isc-dhcp-server (sourced by /etc/init.d/isc-dhcp-server)

# Path to dhcpd's config file (default: /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf).

# Path to dhcpd's PID file (default: /var/run/dhcpd.pid).

# Additional options to start dhcpd with.
#       Don't use options -cf or -pf here; use DHCPD_CONF/ DHCPD_PID instead

# On what interfaces should the DHCP server (dhcpd) serve DHCP requests?
#       Separate multiple interfaces with spaces, e.g. "eth0 eth1".


# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)

# Please note that this file is written to be used with dhcpcd
# For static IP, consult /etc/dhcpcd.conf and 'man dhcpcd.conf'

# Include files from /etc/network/interfaces.d:
source-directory /etc/network/interfaces.d

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

iface eth0 inet manual

# ad-hoc config
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet static
  wireless-channel 1
  wireless-essid TurtleAdHoc
  wireless-mode ad-hoc


# dhcpd.conf
# Sample configuration file for ISC dhcpd

# option definitions common to all supported networks...
option domain-name "example.org";
option domain-name-servers;

default-lease-time 600;
max-lease-time 7200;

# The ddns-updates-style parameter controls whether or not the server will
# attempt to do a DNS update when a lease is confirmed. We default to the
# behavior of the version 2 packages ('none', since DHCP v2 didn't
# have support for DDNS.)
ddns-update-style none;

# If this DHCP server is the official DHCP server for the local
# network, the authoritative directive should be uncommented.
# authoritative;

# Use this to send dhcp log messages to a different log file (you also
# have to hack syslog.conf to complete the redirection).
#log-facility local7;

# No service will be given on this subnet, but declaring it helps the 
# DHCP server to understand the network topology.

#subnet netmask {

# This is a very basic subnet declaration.

#subnet netmask {
#  range;
#  option routers rtr-239-0-1.example.org, rtr-239-0-2.example.org;

# This declaration allows BOOTP clients to get dynamic addresses,
# which we don't really recommend.

#subnet netmask {
#  range dynamic-bootp;
#  option broadcast-address;
#  option routers rtr-239-32-1.example.org;

# A slightly different configuration for an internal subnet.
#subnet netmask {
#  range;
#  option domain-name-servers;#
#  option domain-name "internal.example.org";
#  option routers;
#  option broadcast-address;
#  default-lease-time 600;
#  max-lease-time 7200;

# Hosts which require special configuration options can be listed in
# host statements.   If no address is specified, the address will be
# allocated dynamically (if possible), but the host-specific information
# will still come from the host declaration.

#host passacaglia {
#  hardware ethernet 0:0:c0:5d:bd:95;
#  filename "vmunix.passacaglia";
#  server-name "toccata.example.com";

# Fixed IP addresses can also be specified for hosts.   These addresses
# should not also be listed as being available for dynamic assignment.
# Hosts for which fixed IP addresses have been specified can boot using
# BOOTP or DHCP.   Hosts for which no fixed address is specified can only
# be booted with DHCP, unless there is an address range on the subnet
# to which a BOOTP client is connected which has the dynamic-bootp flag
# set.
#host fantasia {
#  hardware ethernet 08:00:07:26:c0:a5;
#  fixed-address fantasia.example.com;

# You can declare a class of clients and then do address allocation
# based on that.   The example below shows a case where all clients
# in a certain class get addresses on the 10.17.224/24 subnet, and all
# other clients get addresses on the 10.0.29/24 subnet.

#class "foo" {
#  match if substring (option vendor-class-identifier, 0, 4) = "SUNW";

#shared-network 224-29 {
#  subnet netmask {
#    option routers rtr-224.example.org;
#  }
#  subnet netmask {
#    option routers rtr-29.example.org;
#  }
#  pool {
#    allow members of "foo";
#    range;
#  }
#  pool {
#    deny members of "foo";
#    range;
#  }

I also have a similar script for going back to connecting to your local wifi network. I will post this too. If anyone is interested, leave a comment and I'll post those files.

  • Please add the script to the answer to help others having the same problem. And please accept your own answer with a click on the tick on its left side. Only accepting an answer will finish the question and it will not endless pop up again for years.
    – Ingo
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 11:25
  • 1
    @Ingo thanks for letting me know, I am new to stack overflow. Hopefully this answer will help others. Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 22:12

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