I am a 76 year old silver surfer with limited technical knowledge of the PC world. We live in rural France, where ADSL is not available and have a WIFI connection to a relay on our local church, with a maximum rated speed of 2Mbs. The parabole sits on my computer desk, inside the house with a direct line of site of the church. The system was installed in December 2008 and worked normally for most of last year. This year however, the connection has been constantly broken or, when connected, frequently very slow. Whilst there is tree between us and the church, and in leaf outside winter time, I am not sure that this is the problem as the connection was satisfactory for most of last year, and in winter, it even worked when we had the curtains (drapes) pulled in the room in front of the aerial. Very strange. Our neighbour is on the same system/ISP and has no problem, but he does have a clear line of sight all year round. I often get the message saying that " a network cable is unplugged" or, as now "Local area connection. Speed 100.0 Mbs. Status connected" What might be causing these frequent losses of connection - and what is, in fact, my local area connection? Is it the WIFI connection to the church. We are looking at a satellite solution, but do not want to go to that expense, if the problem may be local to our PC, so how can we, in non technical terms, check out that option first? For any or all replies, I thank you in advance.