Good day. I have fresh Ubuntu Server 14 installed (with updates). I already tried this solutions w/o result:

Setting up wireless (WPA2) on ubuntu server 14.04

Automatically connect to a wireless network using CLI

Here is my /etc/network/interfaces file:

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# Ethernet
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

# Wireless
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid network_name
wpa-psk network_password

So after reboot it doesn't connect to wireless connection automatically. Only after run command:

sudo ifdown wlan0 && sudo ifup -v wlan0

system connect to wireless network.

Can you please tell me how to fix it or where i make mistake? Thanks.


Your interfaces file asks both ethernet and wireless to start automatically. If the ethernet cable is detached, obviously it can't.

Moreover, in a server, which usually runs headless, it is preferable to set a static IP address so that you can easily ssh and ftp into it. Therefor, I suggest that your interfaces file be set up like this:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

#auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet static
wpa-ssid <your_router>
wpa-psk <your_wpa_key>

Be sure to select a static address outside the range used by the DHCP server in the router, switch or other access point. Of course, substitute your details here.

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  • i don't need static, i need dhcp because i don't know other data and wireless connection often changed. i make update to file: take.ms/yzXPs but no lucky — not connected :( – klierik Sep 11 '15 at 15:10
  • Are there any clues in the log? dmesg | grep wlan – chili555 Sep 11 '15 at 18:12
  • i don`t found any way to fix it, so i make next: 1) re-install ubuntu server with connected enternet connection; 2) check do not install update automatically; 3) after ubuntu was installed i add configuration (as i wrote in my first question) to /etc/network/interfaces file; 4) reboot server with disconnected eth0; 5) profit — after reboot server connected to WiFi Router automatically – klierik Sep 12 '15 at 12:21
  • I'm glad it's working by whatever means. – chili555 Sep 12 '15 at 12:35
  • thanks you for help, chili555 :) but it is wired why i was need to re-install OS for correct wlan/eth working. Maybe via installation ubuntu configure ethernet automatically more correctly then later :( – klierik Sep 14 '15 at 9:17

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