I'm trying to make my Pi into a wired (for my T.V) access point. I have followed this tutorial, the final hostapd.conf file launches just fine. However, when I connect the Ethernet cable to my T.V, it doesn't actually send any info, it connects, but doesn't work. Also, when I take my Ethernet cable out of the pi, wireless connectivity works from my laptop, however again, it only connects yet doesn't actually connect on the internet. Does anybody know how I can make my Pi be able to be a wired hotspot so I can connect my T.V to the internet.

I believe it's Raspberry Pi Model B, with Raspbian OS installed.

  • If the Raspberry Pi has an Ethernet Port, then it's a model B
    – slippery
    Aug 18, 2013 at 22:33

3 Answers 3


So let's get this straight. You're looking to do the following:

[INTERNET] <==> [Wifi Hotspot] < - - > [PI] <==> [TV]

Wired connection <==>

Wireless connection < - - >

You don't need to run hostapd on the Pi. I would do the following:

  1. Confirm your internet is working.
  2. Confirm your Router is working.
  3. Configure your Pi as a wireless client for the router. Confirm the Pi can connect to the internet.
  4. You now need to configure your Pi as a BRIDGE. An even better link
  5. Plug your TV into the Pi and you should be good.
  • Just a FYI, but that link is actually setting up the Pi as a Router, not as a bridge.
    – Lawrence
    Aug 20, 2013 at 15:15

Just forward packages from Wired interface to Wireless interface.

  1. Do you need DHCP? If so, setup dnsmasq (a dhcp server and dns server).
  2. Setup package forwarding using iptables, using some script like:

    sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o wlan0 -s -j MASQUERADE is your wired network address.

  3. Enable ip forwarding

    sudo echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward


I happened to come across this article while looking for something else: http://raspberry-at-home.com/hotspot-wifi-access-point/

Unfortunately I can't vouch for the contents since I haven't tried it, but I thought it might be useful. Let me know if it works for you.

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