Ubuntu Wi-Fi Hotspot

With the release of Ubuntu’s latest operating system, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, creating a hotspot is easier than ever before. With a wifi hotspot, you can let other wireless devices such as smartphones and televisions etc. make use of your computer’s internet connection.

This tutorial describes the simple steps of turning your Ubuntu into a Wireless Access Point. We are running this tutorial on a device with network chip that supports connecting to two wireless devices at the same time. If your wireless chip does not support this functionality, you will have to use your wired internet connection as a hotspot for your Ubuntu system.

Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot on Ubuntu 18.04

Please follow these steps to turn your Ubuntu system into a wifi hotspot:

Open the Settings utility through Ubuntu Dash as follows:

Open Ubuntu Dashboard - Settings


Click the downward arrow located at the top-right corner of your Ubuntu screen and then click the settings icon located at the left corner as follows:


The Settings dialog will open, displaying the Wi-Fi tab opened by default. In the left panel, you will be able to see the available wifi networks, including the one you are connected to:

Wi-Fi network list

From the list of Visible Networks, click the one you want to use for Wi-Fi hotspot and then click the options button as displayed in the following image:

Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot

Select the Turn On Wi-Fi Hotspot option.

The following dialog will open, asking you to reconfirm turning on the hotspot:

Confirm to turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot on Ubuntu

Select the Turn On Option if you want to proceed.

You will now be able to view the newly set-up Wi-Fi Hotspot under the list of visible networks as follows:

Wi-Fi Hotspot shown under visible networks

Your wireless device will now show “Linux” in the available list of wifi networks. You can connect to this network by using the password displayed in the above Wi-Fi panel.

Disconnecting the Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you wish to discontinue using your system as a wi-fi hotspot, please follow these steps:

Open the Settings utility through Ubuntu Dash as follows:

Go to settings

Turn the Wi-Fi Hotspot button off as follows:

Toggle Wi-Fi Hotspot button to off

Please re-confirm if you want to stop the hotspot by clicking the Stop Hotspot button; this will also disconnect all the users currently connected to the Linux network


Click the downward arrow located at the top-right corner of your Ubuntu screen and then click the Turn Off option under the active hotspot entry as follows:


Alternative way to turn the W-Lan hotspot off.

You active hotspot will be disconnected.

As you have seen, Ubuntu has now made it extremely simple to turn your system into a Wi-Fi hotspot so the people around you can use your internet connection to connect their smart devices to the internet,

How to Make Your Ubuntu PC a Wireless Access Point

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn