The net applet in the sys tray is erratic for me. So maybe better to not judge your install by it.
Mine went missing so often I made a desktop shortcut to start it.
Acer Aspire, Intel core2 2.20GHz, Graphics nVidia G98M [GeForce G 105M], 2gb ram, Wireless Intel Link 5100
Why, any 5 year old child could understand this.
Somebody bring me a 5 year old.