I'd like to make a suggestion to the RPi Wireless Hotspot tutorial (http://elinux.org/RPI-Wireless-Hotspot
) at "#3 - Configure HostAPD". Add a comment to make the password/passphrase between 8 and 63 characters long. I had used a password generator and inserted a password that was 64 characters long (OK, admittedly maybe a little overzealous!). When that didn't work tested with 'OatMeal' -- sure, dictionary attack issues, but easy to type in to test. Also only 7 characters.
Problem is nothing was telling me what the problem was (password length) until I found on page 6 of this troubleshooting guide by
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sudo hostapd /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf
and the output displayed an error re: the password length. (And a big thank you to hunternet93 who on Nov 23, 2012 posted that diagnostic!)
So just a suggestion to save noobies like me a week-plus of frustration.