Raspberry Pi not creating setup hotspot

I’m trying to set up my first Raspberry Pi host for 2 printers. I flashed the Pi image and started it up, but it never creates the wifi hotspot that I can connect to to set up the Pi’s wifi connection. I’m using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B with the built in wifi. Does anyone know why this isn’t working? I’m operating from a shared workspace and the workspace administrator would prefer that I don’t connect the Pi to the network via ethernet, so I really need to get the wifi method working. I have tried both the stable and development versions of the Raspberry Pi image to no avail. When I plug in the Pi the red light stays on and the green activity light blinks frequently and inconsistently, so I know there’s activity.

Hi, please use a native Raspberry Pi install of WiFi, here is the link: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/wireless-cli.md

I don’t have a monitor/keyboard and I’m having trouble making an SSH connection. Is there any way to make the wifi hotspot work?

Hi, hotspot is done through a number of hacks, and previously introduced a lot of issues and was based on the older image of Raspbian (Wheezy), current image is based on latest Raspbian Jessie Lite, and we did not want to compromise the stability by hacking it and installing a lot of redundant software on the image to make hotspot function.

To detect the Raspberry Pi in the network I would use nmap (if you are under linux/Mac) or zenmap (https://nmap.org/zenmap/, if you are under Windows), or if you have access to the router, you can just look up the IP in the router admin panel. Then just ssh to the Raspberry Pi (you would receive credentials over email with the link to image download) and follow the steps in the native Raspberry Pi WiFi guide: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/wireless-cli.md

Please ping me in skype: antonvedeshin and I will help you to setup wifi on your RPi.