World’s easiest way to set up WiFi Access Point

When over a year ago I was working on setting up wireless access point, that was really tough task. I would never thought that one day I would be able to do the same just with my TV remote and on… OpenELEC!
Ok, so here is the World’s easiest way to set up your own AP.

You must have wifi USB adapter with the right chipset. Which chipset is the right one? I can’t give you exact list as I do not know it, but definitely USB WiFi adapter with RT5370 chip worked for me. You can buy one at (feel free to visit as well :) ).
You may need powered USB HUB – that depends on the wifi device and the power supply you have for the Raspberry pi.

Once you got the hardware


Install OpenELEC (I won’t describe how to do this, as I won’t be able to do it as well as openelec guys on their website).
In Kodi (yes, in Kodi :) ) go to SYSTEM -> OpenELEC -> Network
First turn on Wireless Networks -> Active
Then turn on Enable 'tethered' Wireless Access Point
Enter your Access Point name (OpenELEC-AP is the default)
Change default passphrase for your AP, just to make it more secure.

Believe it or not, you are done!

Here is your raspberry pi ampilight system!
  • TomK

    It’s quite frustrating to find a working wifi adapter which supports AP “tethered” mode with OpenElec on the RPi. I’ll give the RT5370 Chipset a shot. (I can NOT recommend something with RTL8188CUS) Thanks for the hint!

  • gabe817

    This actually worked quite well for me. I’m using the WiFi adapter that I bought with my Raspberry Pi kit. I believe it uses the RT5370 chipset. I would like to see if I can get this to work with an 802.11AC adapter. Does anyone know of an AC adapter that will work in this application?