Wifi Hotspot: Access Point Mode Is Not Supported By This Device


This tutorial is trying to help those who want to create AP wifi hotspot in Ubuntu Laptop but stuck at “Wifi Hotspot: Access Point Mode Is Not Supported By This Device” error message.

I’ve written three tutorials about how to turn Ubuntu Laptop into a wifi hotspot for Android, and Windows phones. Access Point Mode does not support issue is one of the most asked questions from my readers. Below I will show how to fix it using Broadcom bcm4313 as example.

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below to tell your wireless chip information:

lspci | grep -i Network

In my case, it outputs:

02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)

The chip id is BCM4313, manufactured by Broadcom.

2. Check the below table. Find out the driver that works for your wireless adapter and support AP mode.

For Broadcom, there are three drivers that support AP mode, but only brcmsmac (check link page for supported chips) support wifi chip BCM4313.

Driver Manufacturer Support AP Mode
adm8211 ADMtek/Infineon no
airo Aironet/Cisco ?
ar5523 Atheros no
at76c50x-usb Atmel no
ath5k Atheros yes
ath6kl Atheros no
ath9k Atheros yes
ath9k_htc Atheros yes
ath10k Atheros ?
atmel Atmel ?
b43 Broadcom yes
b43legacy Broadcom yes
brcmfmac Broadcom no
brcmsmac Broadcom yes
carl9170 ZyDAS/Atheros yes
cw1200 ST-Ericsson yes
hostap Intersil/Conexant ?
ipw2100 Intel no
ipw2200 Intel no
iwlegacy Intel no
 iwlwifi Intel yes
 libertas  Marvell  no
libertas_tf  Marvell yes
mac80211_hwsim  Jouni  yes
mwifiex  Marvell  yes
mwl8k  Marvell  yes
orinoco  Agere/Intersil/Symbol no
 p54pci  Intersil/Conexant  yes
p54spi  Conexant/ST-NXP  yes
p54usb  Intersil/Conexant  yes
rndis_wlan  Broadcom  no
rt61pci  Ralink  yes
rt73usb  Ralink  yes
rt2400pci  Ralink  yes
rt2500pci  Ralink  yes
rt2500usb  Ralink  yes
rt2800pci  Ralink  yes
rt2800usb  Ralink  yes
vt6656  VIA  yes
wil6210  Atheros  yes
 wl12xx Texas Instruments  yes
zd1211rw ZyDAS/Atheros  yes

3. Find out current driver running on your wifi adapter by running below command:

ethtool -i wlan0 | grep driver

If need, install ethtool from Ubuntu Software Center. The command outputs something like this:

driver: wl0

So in my case I need to switch wireless driver from wl0 to brcmsmac to get AP mode support.

4. Install brcmsmac driver.

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

5. After installed the new driver, try to enable it from Additional Drivers utility (search & open it from the Unity Dash), and finally restart.

6. Finally run:

iw list

Below section tells you AP mode is support now:

Supported interface modes:
* managed
* AP
* monitor

For some wireless chips, run below command instead to check out supported interface modes:

sudo iwconfig wlan0 mode master

7 To make this work at next boot, go to /etc/modprobe.d directory in terminal:

cd /etc/modprobe.d/ && ls

Or in your file browser (open as root), find out and remove the line blacklist brcmsmac that blacklist the driver in any file in that directory.

By Ji m

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  1. I have exactly the same chip. In the end of step 4, when I run lsmod |grep brcmsmac, grep finds nothing. What do you think the problem may be? Thanks a lot.

    1. Do step 5 and then step 3 and see the if the driver has switched to brcmsmac. If not, you may consider remove the previous driver (wl0 as example):

      sudo apt-get purge --remove bcmwl-kernel-source

      Unblock brcmsmac driver from the config files under /etc/modprobe.d and finally reboot.

  2. When i try to run this comd
    sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
    to install the suitable driver it aborts the installation with the output
    No chroot environment found. Starting normal installation
    Unsupported device(s) found: PCI id 14e4:4727
    What do you think the issue is? Could you please get back to me asap.

  3. I have an HP2140 Mini and am trying to get it running a wifi hotspot. (In Windows 7 Connectify works just fine)

    The HP2140 Mini has a Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01) wifi on my system and as far as I can tell, I need to install the b43legacy driver.

    I tried following the guide above, but the process did not work. I think the problem lies in these steps below.

    4. Install brcmsmac driver. (QUESTION: Do i need to use brcmsmac or b43legacy?)
    sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

    5. Disable the previous driver wl0:
    sudo modprobe -r wl

    Load the new one:
    sudo modprobe brcmsmac

    What code should I use to load the new driver?

    Thanks for your help in getting this running!

    1. After installed “firmware-b43-installer”, try to enable this driver in the Additional Drivers utility (search and open it from the Unity Dash).

      1. in additional drivers utility i am finding only only Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wirless driver source from bcmwl-kernel only… and other option is do not use this device.

        i have installed firmware-b43-installer as per step 4. but its not showing in additional driver utility ….wat to do
        thanx in advance

        1. I am having the same problem too.

          In additional drivers utility i am finding only “Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wirless driver source from bcmwl-kernel” only… and other option is “do not use this device.”
          i have installed firmware-b43-installer as per step 4. but its not showing in additional driver utility ….
          Please suggest some solution which worked for you…

          Can you suggest some solution.

          1. I followed the guide and then I clicked “do not use this device”. Worked perfectly for me (:

      2. Hi Ji M,
        In Additional Drivers; It doesn’t show anything other than the drivers I am already using as Wifi Driver i.e. Brodcom 802.11 Linux STA …………… and it is already selected.

        U mentioned in before comments as – restart . should i have to restart my Laptop?

        Hope to hear you on this question ?


  4. i followed your steps and ran
    >iw list
    supported interface modes: IBSS and managed
    it doesn’t show AP as a supported interface mode.
    what do i do?
    my system is a lenovo g550, with broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev-01)
    my OS – ubuntu 14.04
    driver is wl0

    1. You have to use the b43 driver. After installed the firmware-b43-installer, try to switch driver from the Additional Driver utility.

      1. I have followed your steps 4, 5,and 6 and i still don’t see AP as a supported interface.
        Is here anything else i can do?

      2. I have mint 17.1 and this does not comes with additional drivers.
        from where i can enable the brcmsmac driver.

        please reply asap

  5. Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1000 [Condor Peak]

    driver: iwlwifi

    Supported interface modes:
    * IBSS
    * managed
    * monitor

    What to do?
    Connectify worked in windows. :(

    1. I have exact the same problem with you, my wifi device is intel 5100AGN, and
      Supported interface modes:
      * IBSS
      * managed
      * monitor
      is your problem solved? and how?

      1. Did you solve that?
        I have the same problem, but may wireless cars is “Centrino Advanced-N 6200”

        driver: iwlwifi

        Supported interface modes:
        * IBSS
        * managed
        * monitor

        Connectify worked on windows.

      1. About Enable the driver,i choose “do not use this device” and reboot many times.i donot know why,but it works…

    1. i have

      06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)

      there is no drivers available for this card that support AP mode.
      plz help me

  6. Hmm. I have another situation

    ethtool -i wlan0 | grep driver
    Cannot get driver information: No such device
    I’ve changed wlan0 to ra0

    igor_roz@Kingfisher:/tmp$ ethtool -i ra0
    driver: RALINK WLAN
    bus-info: CSR 0xffffc90005300000
    supports-statistics: no
    supports-test: no
    supports-eeprom-access: no
    supports-register-dump: no
    supports-priv-flags: no
    igor_roz@Kingfisher:/tmp$ ethtool -i ra0 | grep driver
    driver: RALINK WLAN

    Any ideas?
    Network controller: Ralink corp. RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe

    1. “dmesg” command will tell you which network interface your card is using

      My case is using “wlan1”:
      New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8194
      [21238.895998] usb 4-1.5.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
      [21238.895999] usb 4-1.5.2: Product: 802.11n NIC
      [21238.896000] usb 4-1.5.2: Manufacturer: Realtek
      [21238.896001] usb 4-1.5.2: SerialNumber: 00e04c000001
      [21239.356962] usb 4-1.5.2: reset high-speed USB device number 16 using ehci-pci
      [21239.552731] usb 4-1.5.2: reset high-speed USB device number 16 using ehci-pci
      [21305.339419] usb 4-1.5.2: USB disconnect, device number 16
      [21312.187013] usb 4-1.5.4: new high-speed USB device number 17 using ehci-pci
      [21312.281522] usb 4-1.5.4: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8194
      [21312.281525] usb 4-1.5.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
      [21312.281527] usb 4-1.5.4: Product: 802.11n NIC
      [21312.281529] usb 4-1.5.4: Manufacturer: Realtek
      [21312.281530] usb 4-1.5.4: SerialNumber: 00e04c000001
      [21312.282386] r8192du: EEPROM type is E-FUSE, Unknown CUT chip
      [21312.499002] r8192du: MacPhyMode: SINGLEMAC_SINGLEPHY
      [21312.499127] Chip Version ID: VERSION_NORMAL_CHIP_92D_D_CUT_SINGLEPHY.
      [21313.541387] rtl8192du 4-1.5.4:1.0 wlan1: renamed from wlan0

  7. I have bcm4360 chip. AP not supported error. Which driver do I use? Its a macbook pro version 11,1. Its not listed in broadcom site.


  8. My wifi chipset is Broadcom BCM43142, can the above procedure help in access point mode support?

  9. Hi Ji,
    Actually there is another problem with my card that i am able to create AP-hotspot in windows but not able to create AP-hotspot in ubuntu with the same intel wireless card. Can u suggest the solution for this problem ??

  10. Regards. when i check the manufacter it says it is intel, so when i look for the proper driver it should be iwlwifi, but when i run “ethtool -i wlan0 | grep driver” i get:

    driver: iwlwifi

    :/ so… look like i have the right driver and it still does not support Access Point mode

  11. My hardware does not support any of the drivers, only wl is supported.
    08:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4365] (rev 01)

    What do i do in that case?

    1. can i GOD tell me which driver support AP mode for BCM43142 802.11b/g/n :( why dont they make one :(

  12. I am a new user and dont know about linux. After taking all steps virtual wifi starts and shows a popup display about it, and my detects it but when i want to connect, it cannot connected. My hardware details 10:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8191SEvA Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10) and ubuntu version is 12.04.
    please help me for all steps.

  13. Dear jim i am able to run ap mode in my computer but not able run the new drive on every start up.

    I followed “Geo’s” comment and This is how i enabled AP mode

    step 5 only shows this option and it already selected

    Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wirless driver source from bcmwl-kernel only

    After step 5 performed these two additional steps

    sudo modprobe -r wl
    sudo modprobe brcmsmac

    and an iw list check confirmed ap mode

    But i have to run those steps again on every reboot, I tried to follow your last step ie

    cd /etc/modprobe.d/ && ls

    and the output is

    alsa-base.conf blacklist-modem.conf iwlwifi.conf
    blacklist-ath_pci.conf blacklist-oss.conf mlx4.conf
    blacklist-bcm43.conf blacklist-rare-network.conf modesetting.conf
    blacklist.conf blacklist-watchdog.conf vmwgfx-fbdev.conf
    blacklist-firewire.conf dkms.conf
    blacklist-framebuffer.conf fbdev-blacklist.conf

    No blacklist brcmsmac is available

    what to do now to make the new brcmsmac to load on startup

  14. Hey ,

    I have atheros ath9k for my Samsung netbook. I have found that my device supports AP mode. I have also created a new wifi connection. I dont know why it is a hidden network in my Xubuntu 14.04 but, when i connect to this hidden network, i Cant access internet from my android phone or my netbook. Sorry i am new to this stuff. Please help me

  15. i have BCM43142 (14e4:4365).

    there is no drivers available for this card that support AP mode.
    plz help

  16. Hello. Thnaks for yor help. But i still have Got a problem.
    Here it is what i have got

    –Driver— Manufacturer— Support AP Mode
    –wlwifi — Intel —- yes Driver

    but when i hit [ iw list] it says
    Supported interface modes:
    * IBSS
    * managed
    * monitor
    software interface modes (can always be added):
    my quation is how could this happen? and is that mean interface mode also can be added? how? ..what im i supposed to do to create wifi hostpot for my android phone?
    again thank you for your help.

  17. I have Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01) chip.
    when i give command ethtool -i wlan0 | grep driver output is “Cannot get driver information: No such device”
    ethtool is already installed in my system.
    which driver should i install and how?

  18. I am happy with my “4312” is actuall supported by brcmsmac driver althrough it is not in the support list

  19. For Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n, There are no linux drivers for this adapter that support AP mode.

  20. sudo apt-get purge –remove bcmwl-kernel-source
    This command you have suggested in one of the command to kill the previous driver. After restarting the system again the old driver is shown when i try to see the driver which is in active. Could you please suggest ?

  21. I have Broadcom Corporation BCM43227 802.11b/g/n, how can I make step 4 successful?thank u~

  22. I have chip as: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01) in my laptop . Please tell me what should i do…

  23. When I use the “ethtool -i wlan0 | grep driver” command, the driver is shown as “brcmsmac” but it’s not showing up in my Additional Drivers. I only see the Broadcam STA Wireless driver, which isn’t activated, as well as drivers for my GPU. Can anyone help me with enabling the driver? I’m also running Ubuntu 12.04 instead of 14.04. Could that be a problem?

  24. There is an error in your tutorial. The driver iwlwifi for intel just supports the following three interface modes: * IBSS * managed * monitor without AP. Therefore, i want to ask you if there are other mehods to solve this problem about intel wireless adapter? Thank you!

  25. Hey, Ji m

    So far so good, I had the AP mode not supported error and this kinda saved me. The network is created and I detect it on my other PC and on my phone, however I cannot connect to the network. It sometimes get stuck at Obtaining IP direction, and sometimes just calls it a bad connection. My wireless card is a broadcom 4312.

  26. Guys After all these operations do the following:

    1) Run command:
    sudo lshw -C network
    2) find a string describing your Wireless driver name (for example: “driver=wl0”)
    3) Open /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    4) Comment all the strings similar to
    blacklist b43
    blacklist b43legacy
    blacklist ssb
    blacklist bcm43xx
    blacklist brcmsmac
    5) Add to blacklist your current Wireless driver (in my example this is “driver=wl0”)
    6) Reboot your system.
    7) Run again:
    sudo lshw -C network

    You should see name of the new driver.

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