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Hi Rob, that's good it worked, lucky guess :). The only difference is the autohotspot script will start wifi slightly later in the boot process than the dhcp server, and along with the 10 second delay in the autohotspot script to check if a network connection has been made, you may find that wifi starts as the desktop comes up or just after. The wlan0 interface will still be started as normal just the connection will be later.

The 169.254.#.# ip is normal. It's a local ip from the dhcp server and shows if you hover the mouse over the wifi icon by the clock but will be the one to use. ip addr will report both. You can connect using ssh with either but I would stick with

glad I could help.