Simultaneous STA / AP Mode

If your hardware and the kernel driver supports a simultaneous STA / AP mode you can stay connected to another access point while running your own. The only shortcoming here is that both have to operate on the same channel.

You may find the current channel being used for the STA connection by looking at the STA network interface with the iw command.

To get the iw command available on an Ubuntu Core system install the wireless-tools snap from the store

$ snap install wireless-tools

Connect required slots/plugs

$ snap connect wireless-tools:network-control core:network-control

Now you can run the iw command to find the current channel being used

$ wireless-tools.iw dev
    Unnamed/non-netdev interface
        wdev 0x4
        addr aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff
        type P2P-device
    Interface wlan0
        ifindex 3
        wdev 0x1
        addr aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff
        type managed
        channel 1 (2412 MHz), width: 20 MHz, center1: 2412 MHz

NOTE: If the channel is not part of the output your kernel WiFi driver doesn’t report the channel.

The relevant line showing the channel being used is highlighted above. In this case it is channel 1. The next step is to configure the wifi-ap snap with the channel

$ wifi-ap.config set