Ubuntu 16.04 on a Lenovo Ideapad Y560. The wifi automatically connects upon startup to the network I've been using, which is good. However, I can't find a way to display other networks that are in range.

Is this just how the Unity GUI works - there's no way to select a network? That doesn't seem right - I'm sure I've seen screenshots of the GUI showing a list of networks. Or is this a hardware issue? The wireless adaptor seems to be working fine, as I'm connected, and the terminal correctly displays wireless networks that are in range.

More info:

In the terminal, I can show that the computer detects a whole bunch of wireless networks that the GUI doesn't display. Here's the output of iwlist wlp5s0 s | grep SSID


Here's the output of lshw -class network

       description: Wireless interface
       product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
       vendor: Qualcomm Atheros
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
       logical name: wlp5s0
       version: 01
       serial: c0:cb:38:8d:6b:69
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=4.4.0-28-generic firmware=N/A ip= latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
       resources: irq:17 memory:f8900000-f890ffff
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
       logical name: enp9s0
       version: 01
       serial: 60:eb:69:b6:c8:85
       size: 10Mbit/s
       capacity: 1Gbit/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.137 duplex=half firmware=sb v2.07 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
       resources: irq:30 memory:f8a00000-f8a0ffff

Finally, here's a screenshot of the networking drop-down menu when I am connected to the wifi network I've been using (notice that no other networks are displayed):

screenshot for wifi


This is a bug that has yet to be fixed: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager-applet/+bug/1569959

In the meantime, restarting Network-Manager usually corrects it (until the next time you suspend or reboot):

sudo systemctl restart network-manager.service

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  • That does work in the meantime!! Thank you so much for the work-around! – redoak Jul 9 '16 at 16:23
  • @redoak To make it a little less annoying, you might consider making an alias for that command, rather than having to enter the whole thing into the terminal each time. – Alcuin Arundel Jul 9 '16 at 16:29

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