Fresh install of Raspbian Jessie lite, headless, on raspberry pi 2 model b

Have USB wifi dongle that connects me to network.

However Ethernet defaults to a random ip address? And then plugging in Ethernet cable doesn't do anything?

Strange that this is happening on a fresh install, tried installing reinstalling several times. Keeps defaulting to the same IP address. Also have tried multiple SD cards, multiple Ethernet cables etc.

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If by random address you mean 169. this is a link-local address. What you can do with this depends on what the cable is connected to.

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