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I am trying to set up 2 wireless access points from linux device (Debian Jessy). Both AP's should work simultaneously & share Internet connection (as shown below).

    _____       ___________ 
    |   | eth0 |           | wlan0(AccessPoint 2.5G) 
    |box|-----< Eth       USB1>WLAN0_Stick <<<<<<  Smartphone
    |___|      | Debian    | 
               | Device    | wlan1(AccessPoint 5G)
               |          USB2>WLAN1_Stick <<<<<<  PC/Laptop
               |___________|
My initial config (hostapd & dnsmasq) for single wlan0 (AccessPoint 2.5G)

/etc/hostapd.conf

    # Define interface
    interface=wlan0
    # Select driver
    driver=nl80211
    # Set access point name
    ssid=AP-wifi-2G
    # Set access point harware mode to 802.11g
    hw_mode=g
    # Set WIFI channel (can be easily changed)
    channel=6
    # Enable WPA2 only (1 for WPA, 2 for WPA2, 3 for WPA + WPA2)
    wpa=2
    wpa_passphrase=wifi123456
/etc/dnsmasq.conf
    # Bind to only one interface
    bind-interfaces
    # Choose interface for binding
    interface=wlan0
    # Specify range of IP addresses for DHCP leasses
    dhcp-range=192.168.150.2,192.168.150.10
In order to initialize AP1 I use following bash-script

start.sh

    !/bin/bash
    # Start
    # Configure IP address for WLAN
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 192.168.150.1
    # Start DHCP/DNS server
    sudo service dnsmasq restart
    # Enable routing
    sudo sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
    # Enable NAT
    sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE
    # Run access point daemon
    sudo hostapd /etc/hostapd.conf
    # Stop
    # Disable NAT
    sudo iptables -D POSTROUTING -t nat -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE
    # Disable routing
    sudo sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=0
    # Disable DHCP/DNS server
    sudo service dnsmasq stop

This config works fine for single AP (wlan0, AccessPoint 2.5G) I added the 2nd config /etc/hostapd_5G.conf for wlan1 similar as /etc/hostapd.conf & changed dnsmasq.conf & start.sh (wlan0->wlan1 for testing) - it also worked good in 5G.

But I need to run wlan0 AP & wlan1 AP simultaneously. I think I need to modify dnsmasq.conf for second interface. But I don't know how to do this.

Anyone please help with simultaneous configuration (wlan0 AP & wlan1 AP).

1 Answer 1

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I think you will need to bridge the wlan0 and wlan1 somehow. You can see OpenWRT does that. Have a look at bridge-utils package.

Adding this to /etc/network/interfaces may help:

auto wifi0
iface wifi0 inet static
    bridge_ports wlan0 wlan1
    address 192.168.1.1
    netmask 255.255.255.0

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