RPi 3 B+, hotspot is using internal wifi, internet is using dongle, how do I switch?


Basically, whenever I set up my Astrobox this happens.

The connection to the internet seems to be the dongle, and the hotspot seems to be the internal wifi.

Ultimately I don’t want a dongle, I just want to use the internet wifi and have it connect to my network, I don’t need a hot spot.

What am I missing?


Good question. We always use wlan0 to connect to external networks and wlan1 as a hotspot. You RPI must be mapping the HW interfaces as such. You might want to try starting without a dongle, which will map the internal was wlan0. You can then insert the dongle and reboot.

Let me know if this helps.


I tried for a good solid couple of days, the only way I was able to get it to select the internal wifi is use ethernet initially which gave it the hotspot, found the IP and set it up that way.


Yes, that’s another way. For other coming to this post, we also wrote this: https://astroprint.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000337286-How-do-I-setup-AstroBox-Gateway-without-dongle-hotspot-