yes, that's correct. There is no access point functionality enabled by default.
Someone gave me some instructions on how to do that, here are the details (but I have not tested them myself):
For this first part you need internet access on the board
apt-get install hostapd
# - press Y when prompted. This will install the service which will turn Bela into a WiFi access point.
nano /etc/default/hostapd # open text editor
Find the line that starts with
/etc/default/hostapd, uncomment it and change it so it looks like this:
Now we've told hostapd to look for a configuration file, so we need to create it:
Put the following into this file:
Remember to change the ssid= and wpa_passphrase= lines.
Now we need to change the network configuration so that Bela advertises its network instead of trying to connect to one (the internet connection that was initially set up). To do that, replace the
wlan0 configuration with the following:
iface wlan0 inet static
Now, restart Bela by typing
shutdown -r now. Once Bela reboots, you should be able to see a network called
MyBelaAccessPoint. You would need static IP configuration (usually IP addresses from 192.168.30.2 to 192.168.30.254) and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 on each connecting client. Ideally, a DHCP server using dnsmasq would be needed so that you don't worry about IP configuration, but I haven't tried that yet.
Once you have connected and set up the client device's IP configuration, you are able to access Bela IDE in the browser at 192.168.30.1, as well as connect to it via SSH.
* if you don't have internet access on the board, you can download the package on your computer from [here](
scp it over and install it with
dpkg -i hostapd_2.4-1+deb9u1_armhf.deb)