On raspbian stretch:
I set up the raspberry pi to have a static address, so I could use VNC/ssh to access the system rather than needing the separate monitor. Even though I can ssh/VNC into the pi, I am unable to browse the internet or update files or install new packages. I am able to successfully ping 188.8.131.52 but not google.com.
After reading some similar questions, I think I need to either set up a DNS or a proxy, but I am not sure which one is required or what the difference is. I tried to set up the DNS by adding 'server 184.108.40.206' to the as recommended by this post: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=49350. But I just managed to affect the ssh settings so I need to get a monitor before I can continue testing. Also, I was able to ping RaspberryPi.local from my mac to determine the ip address before I added the 'server' line, but that is also not working anymore.
Any recommendations or ideas on how to fix the network connection so I can use apt-get would be very helpful!