How can I use wifi connections as an access point while at the same time connecting to an existing wifi network ?

My experiment:

sudo iw dev wlan0 interface add uap0 type __ap
service dnsmasq restart
sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
sudo hostapd /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf


Configuration file: /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf
Failed to create interface mon.uap0: -95 (Operation not supported)
uap0: Could not connect to kernel driver
Using interface uap0 with hwaddr b8:27:a1:0f:00:00 and ssid "TESTAP"
Failed to set beacon parameters
uap0: Could not connect to kernel driver
Interface initialization failed
uap0: interface state UNINITIALIZED->DISABLED
uap0: Unable to setup interface.
uap0: interface state DISABLED->DISABLED
hostapd_free_hapd_data: Interface uap0 wasn't started
nl80211: deinit ifname=uap0 disabled_11b_rates=0


  • IIRC from posts I have seen it can work, but you have to use the same channel for client and AP. And I think people mentioned that performance was not great. See e.g. raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=138730#p936518 (topic runs over several pages)
    – Dirk
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 13:30
  • pi@raspberrypi:~ $ iw wlan0 info Interface wlan0 ifindex 3 wdev 0x1 addr b8:27:eb:ff:00:00 type managed wiphy 0 channel 4 (2427 MHz), width: 20 MHz, center1: 2427 MHz txpower 31.00 dBm pi@raspberrypi:~ $ iw uap0 info Interface uap0 ifindex 4 wdev 0x3 addr b8:27:eb:ff:00:00 type AP wiphy 0 channel 4 (2427 MHz), width: 20 MHz, center1: 2427 MHz txpower 31.00 dBm I did same channel but i got same error
    – a.gulcan
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 17:58

1 Answer 1


You have to do three steps:

  1. create a virtual interface ap0 for the access point
  2. start access point daemon hostapd using interface ap0
  3. start wpa_supplicant for wifi client using interface wlan0

You have to do it exactly in this order otherwise the setup will fail. I have seen many attempts to achieve this including restarting services in order with special conditions. I prefer to use systemd because you can define dependencies when services have to start. So you can configure it in a clean order. How to do this in detail you can look at Access point as WiFi repeater, optional with bridge.

  • Thanks It's worked. But My iptables rules don't work on hotspot. Can u help me? how-does-iptables-rules-table-work-with-hotspo
    – a.gulcan
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 13:29
  • @a.gulcan Sorry I'm not so familiar with iptables. But iptables is a firewall and usually used to restrict connections. If you want a firewall then from your working access point you can restrict it step by step.
    – Ingo
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 16:41
  • I can't reset hostapd.service. is there a way to solve this problem? except reboot
    – a.gulcan
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 6:59
  • @a.gulcan What do you mean with reset hostapd? I have updated the link in my answer. If you follow it you can stop, start and restart hostapd. Please read the section Conclusion.
    – Ingo
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 9:45

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