The WiFi access point is quite far from my desk so the signal is very unstable. It is a bit tricky, but possible to setup an intermediate access point with Raspberry Pi and another router.
My Raspberry Pi 2 does not have WiFi onboard so I have equiped it with two WiFi adapters:
$ lsusb Bus 001 Device 005: ID 7392:a812 Edimax Technology Co., Ltd Bus 001 Device 004: ID 148f:5370 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5370 Wireless Adapter
Edimax adapter requires installing additional driver and I've done it already. The Ralink adapter was configered to be an access point so I can connect and manage my RPI.
I've connected the Lincsys E1200 router to RPI via Ethernet (Internet socket on the router is connected to Ethernet socket on RPI) and configured its wireless settings. Nothing surprising here. The connectivity is set to Automatic - DHCP.
The configuration files are the following:
/etc/dnsmasq.conf ----------------- no-resolv server=184.108.40.206 interface=wlan1 interface=eth0 no-dhcp-interface=wlan0 dhcp-range=wlan1,192.168.5.20,192.168.5.100,255.255.255.0,24h dhcp-range=eth0,192.168.6.20,192.168.6.100,255.255.255.0,24h /etc/dhcpcd.conf, at the very end: ---------------------------------- # Do not run DHCP on wlan1, it is access point. denyinterfaces wlan1 # Do not run DHCP on eth0, it is DHCP server. denyinterfaces eth0 /etc/network/interfaces ----------------------- auto lo iface lo inet loopback auto wlan0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp metric 10 wpa-ssid "VM0XXXXXXX" wpa-psk "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" allow-hotplug wlan1 iface wlan1 inet static metric 100 address 192.168.5.1 netmask 255.255.255.0 network 192.168.5.0 auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static metric 100 address 192.168.6.1 netmask 255.255.255.0 network 192.168.6.0 /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf ------------------------- interface=wlan1 ssid=RPI hw_mode=g channel=7 wmm_enabled=0 macaddr_acl=0 auth_algs=1 ignore_broadcast_ssid=0 wpa=2 wpa_passphrase=XXXXXXXXXXXX wpa_key_mgmt=WPA-PSK wpa_pairwise=TKIP rsn_pairwise=CCMP
After powering everything up the router successfully gets its IP address. the google.com is reachable from the RPI. The tricky part is to link wlan0 and eth0. The bridging approach from the official documentation does not work in my case (looks like the some kind of incompatibility) so I end up using the traditional NAT/masquerade approach.
First, enable ipv4 forwarding. Run
sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1 and uncomment
/etc/sysctl.conf to make this change permanent.
Then add iptables instructions to the
auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static metric 100 address 192.168.6.1 netmask 255.255.255.0 network 192.168.6.0 ## remove rules and chains first up /sbin/iptables -F up /sbin/iptables -X up /sbin/iptables -t nat -F ## mask eth0, activate port forwarding and nat up /sbin/iptables -A FORWARD -o wlan0 -i eth0 -s 192.168.0.0/24 -m conntrack --ctstate NEW -j ACCEPT up /sbin/iptables -A FORWARD -m conntrack --ctstate ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT up /sbin/iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o wlan0 -j MASQUERADE
Reboot RPI or run the iptable commands to enable NAT for wlan0/eth0.
Using RTL8812 Wi-Fi Adapter with Raspberry Pi, https://alexatnet.com/using-rtl8812-wi-fi-adapter-with-raspberry-pi/ ↩︎
Access Point on Raspberry Pi, https://alexatnet.com/raspberry-pi-acces-point/ ↩︎
SETTING UP A RASPBERRY PI AS AN ACCESS POINT IN A STANDALONE NETWORK, https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/access-point.md ↩︎