I have read this thread:rpi-zero-w-as-both-wifi-client-and-access-point

And I have followed the instructions in this post:raspberry-pi-3-wifi-station-ap

Initially, I was getting errors on the AP but I read in another post I read that I needed to set the hostapd path in the /etc/init.d/hostapd in addition to setting it in /etc/default. When I did that the errors went away. This step was not in the posts mentioned above.

Have the issues to get this working on the Pi Zero W been resolved? I have followed the instructions explicitly (with my addition above) and everything looks good.

The problem that I am having is that the SSID is not being broadcast.

Any help would be appreciated.

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I would love to respond to the other post you mentioned (RPI zero W as both Wifi client and access point), but it currently requires 10 reputation, and I don't have it. Nonetheless, I also read that post and failed to get everything working, but eventually determined a solution that works.

I wrote a blog post about it here: https://blog.thewalr.us/2017/09/26/raspberry-pi-zero-w-simultaneous-ap-and-managed-mode-wifi/

Hope that helps, as it's working great for me!

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    Welcome to Raspberry Pi! Please take the tour and visit the helpcenter to see how things work here. Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
    – Ghanima
    Sep 27, 2017 at 19:49
  • Worked a treat! Thanks so much for the thorough post.
    – nwduncan
    Jan 13, 2018 at 10:02
  • No problem! I've actually been meaning to go back and modify it a bit based on suggestions from people in the comments and on Reddit, but I haven't gotten around to it. Please do read those as well, as there are some tips that make the whole thing a bit cleaner.
    – albeec13
    Jan 16, 2018 at 2:36

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