Considering the following situation: There is a available WIFI source which is connect to Internet, and there is a desktop computer which is lack of WIFI adapter. Then a Raspberry Pi 4 is provided with sufficient Ethernet cable.

Is it possible to direct connect Raspberry Pi 4 with computer and use the wireless adapter to receive and send data with the Environment WIFI source?

I don't know if Raspberry Pi are able to access WIFI adapter and Ethernet adapter simultaneously. The tutorial and article in the internet usually using 3rd part USB component.

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    There are several solutions depending what you needs. Does the desktop computer only needs access to the internet or must it also connect to other devices on your local network? The latter would make setup more complex.
    – Ingo
    May 13, 2020 at 22:14
  • @Ingo, Only internet. But additional hardware component is not a good option. Is it possible to use the resource on Raspberry Pi 4 only to solve the problem? May 14, 2020 at 0:05
  • @Ingo, but any software component (driver, kernel module, daemon) is all acceptable May 14, 2020 at 0:09

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What you need is a simple router that routes traffic from the desktop computer to your WiFi internet router. This can simply be configured using systemd-networkd.

Just follow to Use systemd-networkd for general networking. You can use section "♦ Quick Step". Then come back here.

Now configure wpa_supplcant to connect to your internet router. Create this file with your settings for country, ssid and psk:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo -Es   # if not already done
rpi ~# cat > /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf <<EOF
ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev


rpi ~# chmod 600 /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf
rpi ~# systemctl disable wpa_supplicant.service
rpi ~# systemctl enable [email protected]
rpi ~# rfkill unblock 0

Configure interfaces with these files. Be sure that you do not use the same subnet than from your internet router. In this example I use subnet for the desktop computer. The subnet of your internet router must be different from this.

rpi ~# cat > /etc/systemd/network/04-eth0.network <<EOF

rpi ~# cat > /etc/systemd/network/08-wlan0.network <<EOF

Reboot, and it should do.

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