The create_ap command is a utility in Linux that is used to create a virtual access point (AP) on the system. A virtual access point is a software-based wireless network that can be used to share an Internet connection with other devices, or to provide a wireless network for other devices to connect to.
To use the create_ap command, you will need to specify a number of options that determine the configuration of the virtual access point. These options include the name of the AP (also known as the SSID), the password for the AP, and the device to use as the Internet connection.
Here is an example of using the create_ap command:
# create_ap -n SSID -p PASSWORD WIFI_INTERFACE INTERNET_INTERFACE
This will create a virtual access point with the specified SSID and password, using the specified WiFi interface and Internet interface.
For example, if you have a WiFi adapter connected to your system, you could use the following command to create a virtual access point that shares your Internet connection:
# create_ap -n MyAP -p mypassword wlp1s0 enp2s0
This will create a virtual access point named “MyAP” with password “mypassword”, using the WiFi interface “wlp1s0” and the Internet interface “enp2s0”.
If you encounter the below error while running the command create_ap:
create_ap: command not found
you may try installing the below package as per your choice of distribution:
create_ap Command Examples
1. Create an open network with no passphrase:
# create_ap wlan0 eth0 access_point_ssid
2. Use a WPA + WPA2 passphrase:
# create_ap wlan0 eth0 access_point_ssid passphrase
3. Create an access point without Internet sharing:
# create_ap -n wlan0 access_point_ssid passphrase
4. Create a bridged network with Internet sharing:
# create_ap -m bridge wlan0 eth0 access_point_ssid passphrase
5. Create a bridged network with Internet sharing and a pre-configured bridge interface:
# create_ap -m bridge wlan0 br0 access_point_ssid passphrase
6. Create an access port for Internet sharing from the same Wi-Fi interface:
# create_ap wlan0 wlan0 access_point_ssid passphrase
7. Choose a different Wi-Fi adapter driver:
# create_ap --driver wifi_adapter wlan0 eth0 access_point_ssid passphrase