My goal is to set up an Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS Server to connect to the internet without spending extra money. I can't plug the server into an ethernet connection, because I'm currently residing at a university where they charge you a monthly rate for an ethernet connection.
I have an old IEEE 802.11n Wifi dongle that I'd like to use instead, which comes with a driver I have to install. The issue is, the driver's installation requires make, which apparently Ubuntu Server OSes do not come preloaded with, the package doesn't exist according to it. I was recommended to use apt-offline to download the packages on a computer with an internet connection then send them over, but it requires that the offline server has the apt-offline package, which it also does not. The only other solution I could find was to use Keryx which does the same job as apt-offline, but it seems they stopped updating their software and supported Ubuntu versions around the same time apt-offline came out.
My question is, is there a way to get make installed on my computer so I can get an internet connection which doesn't require already having an internet connection, that also doesn't require extra money or taking the server outside to scrounge for a free ethernet connection?