This step is not required, it is for curious people only!

You may have noticed that one step is downloading a copy of hostapd from and swapping it with yours. In case you want to compile your own, here's how (its easy but not necessary if you are OK with using our binary)

  1. Go to the Realtek downloads page
  2. Download linux 3.4.4_4749
  3. Copy the zip to the SD card using any computer which will place it in the Pi's /boot directory (or somehow get that file onto your Pi)
  4. Boot the Pi from the SD card
  5. sudo mv /boot/ .
  6. unzip
  7. mv RTL8188C_8192C_USB_linux_v3.4.4_4749.20121105/ rtl
  8. cd rtl
  9. cd wpa_supplicant_hostapd
  10. unzip
  11. cd wpa_supplicant_hostapd-0.8/
  12. cd hostapd
  13. make
  14. *have a sandwich*
  15. when done, hostapd binary is in the directory

(Download link isn't working, maybe its somewhere in

This guide was first published on Jun 12, 2013. It was last updated on Jun 12, 2013.

This page (Compiling hostapd) was last updated on Dec 04, 2021.

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