Did some playing around in the shell, turns out ifconfig has a lot of subcommands. So I first had to correct the # in my password for the network, because the key for \ is the # in that. And if you want to type quotes, you need to hit @ instead of " because those two are swapped in the shell.
But anyway, after a bit of reading from the makers of Linux, via the shell and the "help" and "info ifconfig" commands, I discovered "ifconfig -a" which told me that I had three connections total. I had "eth0" which was my ethernet, I had "lo" which was my Wifi, and it had an IP address in the format I was looking for, and I had "wlan0" which is once again, my ethernet.
So if this is obvious to the team, it isn't mentioned at all in the wiki, but it seems like "ifconfig wlan0" will always return the ethernet connection even if you add your own wifi and even if you remove the default network, and you will never get the IP address. But there's another issue.
My "lo" connection was given the status "loopback", so I can imagine a universe in which wlan0 is the active network connection, and anything in loopback status is not set to wlan0. But there is no menu which allows me to set the active connection from ethernet to Wifi, so I don't know if the Wifi is working or not. Considering the fact that I tried to access the IP address that was given via PUTTy, and it wouldn't, I suppose that means "loopback = not working".
Any help that anyone can give would be nice. Or just information about all of this.