The Intel Edison comes with a neat command line tool configure_edison that makes it easy to connect with existing wireless networks. With A few extra tweaks you can convert your Intel Edison into a wireless access point (AP) and private network that other wifi devices can use.

Network diagram that show the differences between client mode and access point for the intel edison.

Connect the ‘console’ port of your Edison to the USB port a computer and follow the Intel instructions for setting up a serial terminal.

Then switch your Intel Edison into access point mode:

$ systemctl stop wpa_supplicant
$ systemctl start hostapd

This stops the default wifi client and starts the host access point daemon. To ensure this setup boots on startup, you also need to tweak the start up scripts:

$ systemctl disable wpa_supplicant
$ systemctl enable hostapd

Now access point mode will automatically start when you power up your Edison. Other devices can connect to your Edison and the default configuration will be:

  • SSID / Network name will be the same as the device name you set when you ran configure_edison.
  • Password will be the same as the password you set when you initially ran configure_edison.
  • The IP address of the access point will be 192.168.42.1

Other settings and options for the access point are tailored in the configuration file found at /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf.

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