Indicator Network is a stupid traffic monitor applet for Ubuntu Unity, inspired by the old netspeed GNOME applet.
It displays the total current network traffic on system tray area on panel and you can check out the current download & upload speed from its drop-down menu.
The indicator will be put left of all your other indicators. If this is undesirable, the ordering index can be changed in gsettings:/apps/indicators/netspeed (use dconf-editor, available in Software Center).
To install this indicator applet:
Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, choose one method from below and run the commands one by one:
1. Compile from source (github.com):
sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtop2-dev libgtk-3-dev libappindicator3-dev git-core
git clone git://github.com/mgedmin/indicator-netspeed.git
sudo make install
Once installed, start the applet via:
You need to manually add this applet into Startup Applications (open it from Unity Dash).
2. Install from PPA (webupd8.org):
Webupd8 Team has made this into PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04. Add the PPA and install the applet via below commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-netspeed
Once installed, netspeed indicator automatically starts at next login.