I'm planning to maybe install Ubuntu server on an old machine. But my question is: can I install Ubuntu server on a machine and have it connect to my home network - wirelessly? I can't use a cable in this case.
You can install a GUI interface to Ubuntu server to get Network Manager or following the wpa_supplicant on this page (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WPAHowTo).
Note: First off you will want to make sure that the server has wpa_supplicant installed. Servers don't always have it and that can make it difficult if you can't connect it to Ethernet at least once.
This is how I do it. (be sure to use your ip numbers and network interface name)
Wont need this part for a server it is just if you wanted to kill off everything that would be interfering on a desktop.
this only needs to be done once unless the file gets trashed. (you can put the config anywhere really)
for DHCP just use
for static ip
should be able to ping your router by ip. $ ping 192.168.1.1
should be able to ping the net at large. $ ping 188.8.131.52
should be done. $ ping google.com
This will not last through a reboot. To make this persist through a reboot,
Add this to the bottom (substitute for wlan0 if you have a different interface):
Note that you might not have the KILLALL component installed if you have a minimal server. You can get killall with: