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How can I set up my WiFi to be used as wireless access point on Ubuntu Server?

I have a local Ubuntu Server, it has a wireless card in it (802.11a/b/g/n) and I really want to set it up as an 802.11n access point since my normal access point does not support N.

It needs to work as a switch as well so I can connect and get DHPC through.

Edit: I don't see Network Manager as a good solution since it depends on a lot of X11 packages, and i don't want that on a server.

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Here is a good tread I have found:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1488953

Is nice and new, so it should work in Ubuntu 10.04 no problem.

Also Its CLI so it doesn't need any X libs at all :)

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Click on your NetworkManager icon in the panel, and choose "Create Wireless network..." You should be able to set this up as a "System" (as opposed to "User") connection.

You say that this is on a server, so perhaps you're accessing the server through SSH only. In that case, you can try some remote X connection; or try to configure NetworkManager through the command line, which should be possible, if non-trivial.

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Possible, but i don't want NetworkManager –  Source Lab Aug 6 '10 at 13:07
    
OMG, it works ! Had problems with WPA1&2 & WEP, but without encryption, it works fine. –  WitchCraft Feb 7 at 11:14
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This is a pretty good (if a little dated [if 2006 is dated]) article which outlines how to do this from the command line.

http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/55617

Assuming your wireless device works okay you can probably dive right in at the bridging section about half way down.

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It is a lot outdated... The kernel wireless driver stack have changed since then apparently! –  Source Lab Aug 6 '10 at 14:44
    
True, but the bridge and wpa_supplicant stuff which is the raw stuff needed to get it up is useful. –  popey Aug 6 '10 at 15:05
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The page is a 404. -1 from me. If you had summed up the info contained in the linke your answer would be still valid. –  Marco May 5 '13 at 22:09
    
Archive.org is your friend... web.archive.org/web/20110830173316/http://www.linux.com/learn/… –  popey May 7 '13 at 8:05
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