I have installed Xubuntu desktop on top of initial Lubuntu 12.04 installation.

How can I select between the wireless networks and how to see the app in the panel?

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I used Xfce in the past but I do not remember how to add it (I had it by default then I guess)

I have installed Wicd and added it in a launcher

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It says "without system tray icon". But I'm thinking about exactly that: a systray "live" icon/applet for the panel that I'm missing for the moment in Xfce.

It is the most common thing, present by default in all ubuntu flavors - even booting from live cd displays it

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How can I have that in Xfce Panel?

(Wicd is excellent but I still want to see "live" any changes to my connection.)

Update: I have noticed that after installing wicd I have a "live" Wicd systray icon in Lubuntu/LXDE (LXPanel)

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but I don't have that in Xubuntu/Xfce/Xfce4-Panel

  • flagged by OP to close as too localised. – fossfreedom Sep 12 '12 at 21:02
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    Locking of this thread is not good. Even a cursory knowledge of the information domain shows that many people are in the same boat. Discussing xfce4 on a Ubuntu thread is certainly NOT localised since Ubuntu can use xfce4 - as is evident from this thread. Had it been allowed to continue it could and would have been a lot more helpful - especially since wicd is NOT a plugin replacement for network-manager , network-manager-gnome and certainly not nm-applet. – RichieHH Apr 17 '14 at 11:39

You can try a program to manager wireless networks called wicd:

** Instalation**

sudo apt-get install wicd


Configuration of Wicd is extremely simple, and automatic for wired clients.

To configure a wireless connection: Open the Wicd network manager in Applications > Internet > Wicd Network Manager, or you may add it as a launcher to Xfce Panel.

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See if the wireless network you're looking for shows on the list. If it is a hidden network, click the down arrow next to the Network button, and type in the ESSID of the network.

If the network you want to connect to is listed, press the "Connect" button next to it. > If you get the message "This network requires encryption to be enabled." hit OK


You can also try network-manager network-manager-gnome

  • yes, i have wicd, see edit. i see in synaptic that network-manager-gnome is there. how to see it in xfce panel? – user47206 Sep 11 '12 at 17:01
  • Just launch it from the console: network-manager-gnome, and see if that works for you – LnxSlck Sep 11 '12 at 17:12
  • i had just installed wicd. (see what i really want in the question, launching from console is not ok. but:) wicd is so good (didn't knew and did not care about it when i used to have what i ask for here) that i might keep it as the best solution even if i get an answer to the present question . thnx – user47206 Sep 11 '12 at 17:15
  • so i'll edit your answer accordingly if you don't mind, i might set it the definitive: there is no tray icon etc, as the app clearly states but it can be added as launcher to the xfce panel – user47206 Sep 11 '12 at 17:22
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    I do not use wicd, but the default network tool for gnome is nm (networkmanager) and the icon you see on the toolbar is nm-applet – LnxSlck Sep 18 '12 at 9:06

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