I have the exact problem in 13.10 as this user Why are there two Wifi indicators in the panel?.

Here are some screenshots:

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Here are some screenshots from another user: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2183020&p=12825563

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ifconfig and iwconfig outputs

$ ifconfig
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:XXXXXX  Mask:XXXXXXX
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:65536  Metric:1
          RX packets:2243 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:2243 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:209889 (209.8 KB)  TX bytes:209889 (209.8 KB)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr XXXXXXXXX  
          inet addr:XXXXXX  Bcast:XXXXXXXX  Mask:XXXXXXX
          inet6 addr: XXXXXXX Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:5925 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:3361 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:2951818 (2.9 MB)  TX bytes:630579 (630.5 KB)

$ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11abgn  ESSID:"XXXXX"  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point: XXXXXXXX
          Bit Rate=72.2 Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:on
          Link Quality=49/70  Signal level=-61 dBm  
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:153  Invalid misc:472   Missed beacon:0
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    A screen shot would actually be nice here, but yes, probably a bug. Is it a clean install? – Bruno Pereira Oct 22 '13 at 13:41
  • Please, try again uploading a screenshot - or just add a dropbox/ubuntu-one link to a .png file and someone will edit it into your question for you. – Braiam Oct 23 '13 at 13:02
  • so far it looks like your network manager is showing a wired network (right icon with lock) and a wireless network (left icon) – Jonathan Rogiest Oct 23 '13 at 23:11
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    Looks like you have two network management applications installed. Perhaps you installed the popular WICD next to Network Manager for example? Please elaborate a bit more about what you changed to your system compared to a clean installation. – gertvdijk Oct 24 '13 at 14:41
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    @Jonathan Rogiest I just read your profile. Always happy to get help from a fellow permie :) – Alex Oct 24 '13 at 15:16
up vote 9 down vote accepted

The one with the shorter menu (on the right in the screenshots) is "indicator-network", removing it and its associated system settings application (you are prompted for this when you remove indicator-network) will remove it from the bar. You can remove it with:

sudo apt-get remove indicator-network

I had the same problem after I stopped network manager autorunning and then enabled it again.

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    Yes, that did the trick. Thank you! – Alex Oct 26 '13 at 21:07
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    Removing it will also remove several needed package ubuntu-system-settings .... Do you know how to disable/hide it? – Rémi Benoit Mar 27 '14 at 7:59
  • I just removed the system settings application as well, so sorry I can't help you there – user208080 Apr 5 '14 at 15:52

For Lubuntu users only:

From the main menu select Preferences > Default applications for LXSession. In the window that then appears, click on the Autostart tab, then click the remove button next to @nm-applet in the section Manual autostarted applications.

"Default applications for LXSession" window

Log off then on again, and there should now be just one icon.

i had the same problem, the reason was a second desktopmanager (mate), i had installed. After i cleaned the /etc/xdg from the files where mate is inside i have only one icon. maybe there was something doubble.

greatings

I had same issue when upgrading to Ubuntu 16.10. I solved it by starting "Startup Applications" and unselecting "indicator-network"

taking indicator-network startup

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