I have an annoying problem that appeared after I upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04. I have read many other topics where people have different issues with wireless on 16.04 but they don't seem to be as bizarre as mine (and their solutions are not working). Essentially, what is shown in the networking "popup menu" is not correlated to whether or not my wireless is working. For instance, right now, my menu looks like this:
and my computer is automatically connected to my wifi (because my internet is working), but I can not see this or any other available wireless networks. However, my menu has also looked like this:
and my computer was still connected automatically to my wifi! It has also looked like this:
One of the last two were taken when the wifi was not working, don't remember which one though, but that is not very important since the main issue is that I can not see available networks in any of the cases. Sometimes my wifi also stops working randomly, and I then restart using the command
sudo systemctl restart network-manager.service
This usually works (but not always), but it usually does not solve the issue with the menu showing incorrect info. Any ideas on how to solve this?
Some extra information:
sudo lshw -class network
*-network description: Ethernet interface product: Ethernet Connection (3) I218-LM vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 19 bus info: pci@0000:00:19.0 logical name: eth0 version: 03 serial: f8:ca:b8:5c:90:84 capacity: 1Gbit/s width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=3.2.6-k firmware=0.2-3 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair resources: irq:51 memory:f7200000-f721ffff memory:f7243000-f7243fff ioport:f080(size=32) *-network description: Wireless interface product: Wireless 7265 vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0 logical name: wlan0 version: 59 serial: 10:02:b5:7c:84:13 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=4.4.0-93-generic firmware=17.352738.0 ip=192.168.0.18 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abgn resources: irq:50 memory:f7000000-f7001fff
rfkill list all
1: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no 2: dell-bluetooth: Bluetooth Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no 3: phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no 14: hci0: Bluetooth Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no
[main] plugins=ifupdown,keyfile,ofono dns=dnsmasq [ifupdown] managed=false
# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8) auto lo iface lo inet loopback
Update: Now my menu has taken on yet another appearance:
and it is still automatically connected to my wireless network with working internet...