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[solved]Help needed creating a WiFi hotspot on Debian 10

i am trying to create a WiFi hotspot form my laptop, but i cant figure out how to do this.
i have created a NetworkManager connection called “Hotspot”, but it will not activate.
here is my connection file for NetworkManager.

[connection]
id=Hotspot
uuid=34f58a3d-3af6-464d-9525-87941d61ffe0
type=wifi
autoconnect=false
interface-name=wlp5s0
permissions=

[wifi]
band=a
mac-address=00:1A:6B:0D:E5:C5
mac-address-blacklist=
mode=ap
ssid=matswifi

[wifi-security]
key-mgmt=wpa-psk
psk=wordpass

[ipv4]
dns-search=
method=shared

[ipv6]
addr-gen-mode=stable-privacy
dns-search=
ip6-privacy=0
method=ignore

when i issue “nmcli connection up Hotspot” it doesnt work, and instead gives the error:
Error: Connection activation failed: 802.1X supplicant took too long to authenticate

what am i doing wrong here? how do i make a WiFi hotspot on Debian 10? the intention is to enable LAN gaming between my laptop and other laptops nearby.

my WiFi card is the Dell Wireless DW1601. its device id is 168c:0034. the driver in use is ath9k

Cant just enable it via the GUI? https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-help/stable/net-wireless-adhoc.html.en

You can always look at the config once its made.

i do not have GNOME installed on my system.
also: AD-HOC is not an option for my use case.

upgrading from kernel 5.2 to 5.4 fixed it.