While wired Ethernet is recommended, it's possible to use A2SERVER with Wi-Fi if you have an Apple AirPort or Time Capsule. (A2SERVER won't work with most non-Apple router and access point models, as they are not designed to handle AppleTalk networking.)

To connect your Apple II via Wi-Fi, read how to attach your Apple II to your local network.

If you want your A2SERVER machine (whether virtual, real, or Raspberry Pi) to connect to your network via Wi-Fi, you first need to configure a Wi-Fi network adapter via the instructions below. Once you've got that up and running, log in to A2SERVER and type netatalk-wifi to tell A2SERVER to use the Wi-Fi interface (if you get "command not found", type a2server-setup to refresh the command list).

Setting up Wi-Fi on your A2SERVER machine:

Multiple AirPorts
As an alternative to using a Wi-Fi network adapter, any of the machine types below can work with Wi-Fi simply by connecting the wired Ethernet interface to another AirPort and setting up an
extended network (if all AirPorts are 802.11n models), or a WDS (if any AirPort is an 802.11g model).

Raspberry Pi
We got a whole page about that.

Virtual machine
On a virtual machine, A2SERVER won't work over Wi-Fi with the virtual network interface, but you may, or may not, be able to use a USB Wi-Fi adapter attached your VM's emulated USB port, and then follow the instructions below for a real machine. Some adapters may have issues with specific virtual machine software; for example, Atheros 9K based adapters do not work with VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion, though they do work with Parallels Desktop; Realtek 81xx based adapters seem to work with VirtualBox (at minimum).

Real machine (Intel or compatible)
On a standard computer with a native Linux installation, if you can get a Wi-Fi adapter working, it will probably work with A2SERVER. Instructions will vary by distribution, but should be similar to the guide for Raspberry Pi, with a much wider range of usable adapters.

If those steps don't work, type sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces, and edit the file so it contains a sequence of lines that look like this:
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid MyNetworkName
(substitute your Wi-Fi network name)
wpa-psk abcdefgh
(substitute your WPA password, or its 64-character hex equivalent)

If you are using WEP encryption instead of WPA, replace the last two lines with:
wireless-essid MyNetworkName (substitute your Wi-Fi network name)
wireless-key abcde
(substitute your 5 or 13 character, or 10 or 26 hex byte, WEP password)

Spaces in the Wi-Fi network name or password may not work.

Remove any other chunks which mention wlan0, and save the file (press control-w). Then type:
sudo ifdown wlan0; sudo ifup wlan0

Finally, type ip addr. If you see an IP address for wlan0 (next to "inet"), your Wi-Fi adapter is on your network, and you can disconnect your Ethernet or serial cable. (If you don't seem to have internet access, type sudo shutdown -r now to restart.)


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