Gauging Wireless AP Stability with a BeagleBone Black

Build a WiFi Access Point tester with an LED status indicator

Gauging Wireless AP Stability with a BeagleBone Black

Posted by Angel on 2015-11-30T19:50:19-05:00


It’s easy to roll your own wireless router with hostapd or OpenWRT and a BeagleBone Black and USB Wifi Adapter Dongle. In this post we’re going to roll our own Wifi AP stability tester. To follow along at home you’ll need a:

  • BeagleBone Black
  • Wifi USB Adapter
  • a tri-color LED

You will also need a microSD card and adapter so you can flash the final image on your BeagleBone.Note: We’ll use the term BeagleBone with a cavalier attitude, but we mean BeagleBone Black.

To build our Wifi AP tester, We went with a TP-LINK Nano adapter:


TP-LINK Wireless N Nano USB Adapter

And for the tri-color LED we picked up a Linrose Super Brite LED, Linrose part number B4361H1/5.


Three Colors in One L.E.D.!

Preparing Your BeagleBone Black

We’re going to keep the OS simple and go with the latest console release of Debian 8.2 for the BeagleBone Black. The full release contains a desktop environment and we just don’t need that for something this simple.

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