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.

Hardware:
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 Lightberry.eu/shop (feel free to visit Lightberry.eu 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

Software:

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?