How can I bridge two WiFi interfaces (wlan0 and wlan1) on raspbian? I tried using brctl but i get the following message can't add wlan1 to bridge br0 operation not supported. Is there any other way to do it?

Let's say that wlan0 is the client that connects to an existing wifi network and that wlan1 is the device that creates a new wifi network. The new wifi network should be a separate network from the one to which is connected wlan0.

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    What are you hoping to accomplish if you get them Bridged?
    – eyoung100
    Oct 1, 2014 at 15:56
  • You don't call this "bridge"?
    – giovi321
    Oct 1, 2014 at 15:58
  • Bridging Shares one computers connection with a computer that has no connection. Pairing is the term you're looking for and that requires 2 Wireless NICS both of the same type or brand, so I ask again: What problem are you trying to solve by pairing/bridging etc? Also is wlan1 another NIC?
    – eyoung100
    Oct 1, 2014 at 16:20
  • I already own two wireless NICS of exactly the same type. I'd like to have my own wlan, having access to internet through an existing wifi network, so that all traffic passes through the raspberry PI. I hope I am explaining it properly.
    – giovi321
    Oct 1, 2014 at 16:30
  • Are you using a USB Wireless Adapter on the Rasberry Pi? In order to do what your asking, the Rasberry Pi would need Two Wireless Cards, I to connect to a riuter, and the other would be the ESSID for all the devices connected to it. You may have better luck connecting the Wired Ethernet to the Router, and using the usb Wireless as the AP.
    – eyoung100
    Oct 1, 2014 at 16:39

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It doesn't sound like 'bridging' is what you're looking for, it sounds like you want your Pi to act as an access point and share the internet it sees on wlan0 via a new SSID on wlan1.

See this guide for details on how to set that up: http://www.maketecheasier.com/set-up-raspberry-pi-as-wireless-access-point/

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