I want to create an infrastructure hot-spot using ubuntu 12.10 as I want use internet on my android phone by creating an infrastructure hot-spot.I have tried to change the setting the hot-spot and make it infrastructure but it did not help and my android could not discover the hot-spot......... Any help would be appreciated..........

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You can use ap-hotspot from the webupd8 repository to create an infrastracture AP instead of adhoc. I am using this on Ubuntu Precise (12.04), but it is available for Saucy, Raring and Quantal as well.

$ sudo su -
# add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
# aptitude update
# aptitude install ap-hotspot
# ap-hotspot configure
# ap-hotspot start

Some times the clients of this wifi do not get IP from dhcp. You can fix it by killing dnsmasq (it starts again automatically).

# killall dnsmasq
  • I found that my S3 couldn't get assigned an IP address. I used ifconfig to check the address of the hotspot and assigned a static address to my phone based on that; it filled in the Google DNS and for me.
    – intuited
    Nov 23, 2013 at 2:25
  • Sometimes you need to killall dnsmasq for the dhcp to work. I updated the answer. Nov 23, 2013 at 9:26
  • Will this break any pre-existing uses of dsnmasq?
    – intuited
    Nov 23, 2013 at 15:24
  • If you are using dnsmasq for its built-in ftp server, active transactions/sessions will be terminated. But for its DHCP and DNS services you are not breaking anything. (edit: by default the built-in ftp is not being used) Nov 23, 2013 at 15:49

I faced similar problem while configuring hotspot on my android phone. Following link was pretty helpful for me in this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2009381

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