I'm sure someone has gone through this headache before and hopefully has found a solution.
I have been completely mystified as to how Ubuntu and it's network manager could perform so terribly on a simple netbook.
Wicd is finally installed through Ubuntu Software Centre.
It doesn't show my router, can't see either band, but it sees every other router around my neighbourhood except mine.
I have Ubuntu 12.10 on a Samsung n150+.