I just upgraded to Lubuntu 14.04 from 13.10 successufully, via do-release-upgrade.

But after reboot, I found that the network indicator has been disappeared, so I cannot switch different network connection as before in 13.10 or 12.04, and cannot use VPN by clicking.

I tried:

  • add item with name containing 'network' for indicator bar right below
  • open item in menu with name containing 'network'

But none of these is the network indicator (switcher) that we use in 13.10.

Does 14.04 change to another network indicator?

Is there alternative indicator for this, or any command for network switch.

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    Do restarting made it appear?
    – Braiam
    Apr 18, 2014 at 12:56
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    Try to run nm-applet from a terminal (not sure if Lubuntu uses Network Manager...). Did you get the indicator or any error/output?
    – Salem
    Apr 18, 2014 at 13:02
  • hi @Braiam, it still disappears after reboot.
    – scozv
    Apr 18, 2014 at 13:13
  • hi @Salem, I'll try this later.
    – scozv
    Apr 18, 2014 at 13:14
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1 Answer 1


You can right click on panel, choose "Add remove panel item", then at tab "Panel Applets" press "Add" button, then choose "Manage networks". Now at the panel you'll have two network icons, one for cable and one for wireless connections

If you prefer the traditional Network applet, open Lxterminal and just type the word: nm-applet

Now at the panel you'll have the traditional "up and down arrows" indicating the Network Manager to make changes. Notice that when you close the Lxterminal, the icon will dissapeasr again.

Have luck

  • Hi @a friend. I did add 'Manage networks' like this before, but this would bring me 2 or 3 icons in applet bar. nm-applet is better. And from Salem comment, this will be better. Thanks. solution here
    – scozv
    Apr 18, 2014 at 22:59
  • there is no manage network
    – user702846
    Jun 21, 2014 at 18:35
  • This doesn't work in Gnome-Shell.
    – Cerin
    Jan 3, 2015 at 2:47

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