I have a raspberry pi 3b+ which I want to connect to two seperate networks.

I have an existing ethernet connection which works fine, and i am able to SSH/VNC to the pi over this network.

I have cobbled together a configuration from other questions on here, to attempt to get the WiFi up. My configuration is as follows:


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

    ssid = "MYSSID"
    scan_ssid = 1
    id_str="WIFI ACCESS"


auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address w.x.y.z

auto wlan0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface wlan0 inet static
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
address a.b.c.d
broadcast a.b.c.254
gateway a.b.c.254

iface default inet dhcp

I created a file in /etc/default named ifplugd


ARGS="-q -f -u0 -d10 -w -I"

Edited my rc.local file to ensure wlan starts up


# Print the IP address
_IP=$(hostname -I) || true
if [ "$_IP" ]; then
  printf "My IP address is %s\n" "$_IP"

#disable the ifplugd eth0
sudo ifplugd eth0 --kill
sudo ifplugd wlan0

exit 0

I rebooted my pi and no WLAN was found. I don't know if there's some config i've missed/gotten wrong, or if it's an incorrect p/w for the SSID.

  • You have NOT set WiFi country, have not specified OS (I presume Raspbian Stretch) and appear to be using obsolete settings in /etc/netowrk/interfaces (sic). I suggest you do a fresh install of Raspbian THEN explain WHAT you are trying to achieve. – Milliways Sep 24 '18 at 11:09
  • See How to set up networking/WiFi – Milliways Sep 24 '18 at 11:15
  • "I don't know if there's some config i've missed/gotten wrong, or if it's an incorrect p/w for the SSID." -> If you try running wpa supplicant in the foreground yourself, it should provide details (they might already be in the system log): sudo wpa_supplicant -i wlan0 -c [/path/to/your/config] -d. – goldilocks Sep 24 '18 at 15:13
  • One thing is definitely wrong: you cannot use broadcast address a.b.c.254 as gateway. – Ingo Sep 26 '18 at 21:49
  • Hi @Thom G, you don't reply. Have you followed the suggestions? Does it work now? Are you still interested in help? – Ingo Oct 17 '18 at 8:11

If you are trying to connect to an existing wifi network on Raspbian os then you can use raspi-config quick setup


Or if you want to setup your own wifi hotspot network with hostpad and dnsmasq then you can follow this


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