[ubuntu] Ubuntu server 12.04: netgear wireless dongle setup

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I am trying to setup a lamp server to work with a netgear wireless dongle I have. Ubuntu has recognized the dongle and it's logical name is wlan0. I'm not sure how to connect it to a network. The ubuntu server has come up in the dhcp server area of my router software (although I'm not sure if that is from using it with a wired connection earlier). I am trying to access my server through openSSH (already installed) from another device. This has been my only way of telling if the server is connected to the internet. Is there another way to tell? Also there is no server software installed yet, on (Hardware)