I'm not able to create a hotspot in order to share my wifi connection.

I use Linux Mint and I want connect my phone to WIFI through my laptop hotspot.

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    "I'm not able" sounds like you tried something, and it didn't work. Could you please include details, including the steps you took and any error messages encountered? – derobert Jul 20 '16 at 16:45
  • I've created a New ad-hoc WIFI network with its own SSID but I do not understand what to do after – Noomak Jul 20 '16 at 17:19

if you have wired connection then do this:

  1. go to network connections and click "Add"
  2. the window will open choose "Wi-Fi"
  3. connection name set up as you like example:"wifi-connection"
  4. SSID:same thing
  5. Mode:Hotspot
  6. open your terminal and write command ifconfig (make sure your wlan in on) and there will be usually 3 subsections find where it writes something like "wl01" and look for HWaddr you should have something like this 74:de:3c:5i:1e:17 -> copy that addres and paste in "Device:"
  7. go to wi-fi security ,and chose WPA & WPA2 personal -> set up password
  8. iPV4 Settings -> Mode:Shared to other computers
  9. Save and you have your hotspot

Instructions for Mint 17:

  1. Go to Main Menu -> Preferences -> Network Connections, click on Add and choose Wi-Fi. Choose a network name (SSID), Infrastructure mode. Go to to Wi-Fi Security and choose WPA/WPA2 Personal and create a password. Go to IPv4 settings and check that it is shared with other computers.

  2. Do sudo vi /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/YOUR_CONNECTION_NAME and change mode=infrastructure to mode=ap, then save the file.

  3. Click on Network Manager near clocks and choose "Connect to hidden wireless network", then choose your connection.


  • I've already read it, but it doesn't make sense since I need to connect with my phone to a public valid hotspot (why should I have to connect to a hidden one?), anyway I've tried yesterday and when I connect to this hidden SSID with my laptop...well, it doesn't have any connection! so the method doesn't work – Noomak Jul 20 '16 at 19:44
  • Sory could you give a lite more information . What realy you want do hare network by wifi hotspot from laptop to mobille ? Or connect laptop to wifi and share network to lan ? – Dzaczek Jul 21 '16 at 10:57
  • yes, laptop connected through wifi and simoultaneously sharing a hotspot, so I can connect with my phone through pc to the same network – Noomak Jul 22 '16 at 11:55
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    vi is complicated. nano is better in my opinion. Easier to save and close. – Sigur Dec 23 '17 at 13:02
  • @Sigur try vimtutorial - it's extremeley powerful once you get used to it. And saving that, at least know how to exit ;) – Wilhelm Erasmus Jan 4 at 10:02

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