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Indicator Netspeed is a simple Ubuntu AppIndicator which displays the network speed on the Unity panel.

Indicator Netspeed

The indicator displays the total current network traffic on the panel and from its menu, you can check out the current download or upload speed as individual values.

Indicator Netspeed doesn't detect the currently used network interface and by default it selects wlan0. So the first time you run it, select the network interface you're using from the indicator menu!

By default, the Netspeed Indicator is placed as the first indicator on the left, but if you want to change its position, you can do this by using Dconf Editor (firstly, install dconf-tools: "sudo apt-get install dconf-tools"), by going to apps > indicators > netspeed and changing the "ordering-index" value.

Install Indicator Netspeed in Ubuntu

Because it wasn't available in a PPA, I packaged Indicator Netspeed and uploaded it to the main WebUpd8 PPA. To add the PPA and install Indicator Netspeed in Ubuntu, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-netspeed
If you don't want to add the PPA, you can download the deb from HERE and install it manually.

Once installed, log out and log back in - Indicator Netspeed should start automatically after you log in.

Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.