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If you have problems getting hostapd to work together with all the other additional components, then there is way to setup what you want without it. With build-in systemd-networkd you have all needed components without installing additional helpers. How to do it you can look at Setting up a Raspberry Pi as an access point - the easy way.


My first guess was that the TP-Link Archer T2U wifi dongle does not support an access point but with your update you show that it does with mode AP. Another possible problem could be the driver for the USB/wifi dongle. You wrote that hostapd didn't recognized the driver. Seems hostapd now starts with its default driver but that does not fit to the dongle. ...

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