I have used Ubuntu desktop for a while and I'm now trying to set up a server. I'm using a wireless PCI adapter which works fine with Ubuntu Live CD.
On installing the server it found the adapter and (once I had entered the SSID and WPA key) connected to the network almost immediately. However, after installation on booting for the first time it failed to connect during startup. At this point I'm not sure quite where to go from here. I've read the Server Guide but there is nothing about wireless networking in the networking chapter.
I'm used to the desktop gui so the commandline interface is a bit daunting. Please be gentle ...
Just for the record the wireless adapter is a TP-Link TL-WN781ND
My interfaces file looks much simpler -
auto lo iface lo inet loopback auto wlan0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp wpa-ssid RunnymedeData wpa-psk <my_key>
The system won't start the network connection on bootup however it starts almost immediately I set the SSID explicitly on logging in. I don't have to do anything else. The IP address is correctly assigned by the dhcp server (my router) and the machine then shows in the router's list of connections. I'll give the static route a try and see how we get on. Back soon.
This problem has to do with the fact that the SSID is hidden on my wireless network. In my view this is a bug.
With SSID hidden : system takes a long time to boot (waiting unsuccessfully for network to start). Once I have logged in then explicitly setting essid with
iwconfig enables networking within a few seconds; nothing else needs to be done.
With SSID not hidden : system boots up quickly and networking is immediately up and running.
In summary, nothing to do with the specific adapter and nothing to do with the interfaces file.
Thanks to @chilli555 for taking the time to help.