NetworkManager, network-manager-applet and its associated VPN plugins were all updated today to version 0.9.8 that enable support for Wi-Fi hotspots in AP Mode, 4G and LTE connections and bridging of network interfaces for hardware that support them.

This release also fixes IPv6 bugs, better rfkill handling, a fix for NetworkManager automatically connecting to unsuccessful networks and keeps asking for passwords and support to automatically connect to VPN on certain networks.

For a detailed changelog about this release, please click here.

Below are some of the features and fixes that were added to NetworkManager suite.

  • added support for Bridge interfaces
  • IPv6 fixes, better rfkill handling
  • significant WiFi fixes (don’t autoconnect to unsuccessful networks
  • autoconnect support for VPN connections
  • support for AP-mode mobile hotspot (if your driver supports it)
  • support for ModemManager 0.7/0.8, DHCPv6 DDNS
  • WiFi Proactive Key Caching

Currently Ubuntu and most Linux systems don’t have it. To install it you must manually compile and upgrade or use external PPAs for Ubuntu systems.

You can get updated version of NetworkManager from the below PPA. Run the commands below in Ubuntu to upgrade NetworkManager.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:network-manager/trunk


Finally, run the commands below to update and upgrade your system, including NetworkManager

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade