Ubuntu Server 18.04, also known as Bionic Beaver, is a popular choice for many when it comes to setting up server operations. However, configuring a WiFi connection during the installation process can be a bit tricky. In this article, we will guide you through the process of setting up a WiFi connection during Ubuntu Server 18.04 installation.
To set up a WiFi connection during Ubuntu Server 18.04 installation, you will need to use the older version of the installer known as the "d-i installer". This installer supports advanced networking features and allows you to select your WiFi network and enter the password during the installation process.
Before we dive in, ensure you have the following:
- A system where you want to install Ubuntu Server 18.04
- A stable WiFi connection
- Ubuntu Server 18.04 ISO file, which you can download from the official Ubuntu website
Choosing the Right Installer
To install Ubuntu Server 18.04 with a WiFi connection, you will need to use the older version of the installer known as the “d-i installer”. This installer supports advanced networking and storage features such as LVM, RAID, multipath, vlans, bonds, or re-using existing partitions. You can download the d-i-based installer from the alternative downloads section on the Ubuntu Server download page.
Step 1: Boot from the ISO file
First, boot your system from the Ubuntu Server 18.04 ISO file. You can do this by burning the ISO file to a DVD or creating a bootable USB stick.
Step 2: Select Language
After booting from the ISO file, you will be presented with a language selection screen. Choose the language you want to use during the installation process.
Step 3: Configure the Network
When you reach the network configuration section, select the WiFi option. You will be prompted to choose your WiFi network and enter the password.
Step 4: Partitioning
Some users have reported that re-partitioning with full formats and adding an EFI partition as the first one helps resolve network-related frustrations during installation. By doing this, the installation should be able to detect the WiFi interface without encountering any network connection windows.
If you are experiencing issues with the network configuration during installation, one solution is to use an Ethernet cable for the installation process. This can help ensure a stable and reliable network connection.
Setting up a WiFi connection during the installation of Ubuntu Server 18.04 can be a bit challenging, but with the right steps, it can be achieved. Remember to use the older d-i installer and consider using an Ethernet connection if you encounter issues. With these steps, you should be able to successfully install Ubuntu Server 18.04 with a WiFi connection.
Yes, you can install Ubuntu Server 18.04 without a WiFi connection. The installation process allows you to configure a wired Ethernet connection instead.
To create a bootable USB stick, you can use tools like Rufus (for Windows) or Etcher (for Windows, macOS, and Linux). These tools allow you to select the Ubuntu Server 18.04 ISO file and create a bootable USB stick.
No, the newer version of the installer does not have built-in support for configuring WiFi during the installation process. You must use the older d-i installer for this purpose.
Yes, if you successfully configure the WiFi connection during the installation process, it will be automatically set up after the installation is complete. You won’t need to manually configure it again.
Yes, you can switch from a wired Ethernet connection to a WiFi connection after the installation. You can use the
netplan command-line tool to configure the WiFi connection settings. Refer to the official Ubuntu documentation for detailed instructions on how to do this.