Ok this has been killing me for ages. Let me explain my setup first. I have an NTL (Virgin now) modem (the flat silver one with the black face) and this old 3com purple and beige HUB. Now, if i connect my modem to the HUB via Ethernet in the "uplink" port and then connect both my computers to the HUB via ethernet. only 1 machine will connect to the internet at a time, the other just gets the limited or no connectivity error. I have 3 different HUBs and have tried all of them, and all get the same result, one machine will get internet access while the other gets limited or no connectivity. As i said i have the purple and gray 5 port 3com HUB, a Linksys 24 port HUB, and an ntl purple 2 port triangle shaped HUB with an attatched ethernet cable. So the way i set my internet up now is, NTL modem into the downstairs machine via USB, then connect both machines up with a HUB, but the problem with this is the downstairs computer has to be on for the upstairs one to get online. Any ideas whats up? I have been told i need an internet access pont? but i cant see why simply plugging my modem into the uplink port then connecting both machines to the hub doesnt work. Pleaseee help!! (BTW i am using all straight through ethernet cables for my network, do i need a crossover to connect my modem to my hub? but i dont see how because one machine connects through the Hub with straight through cables. Thanks.