I have started a thread on the networking boards on this issue but I have begun to suspect it is more of an XP problem that I am having. I have recently attemtped to install a wired LAN between 2 computers, both running XP, with the goal of sharing a cable internet connection. The "local" computer connected fine and the computers were able to share files and a printer, but the "remote" computer could not connect to the internet. I took the ethernet cable from the remote computer out of the router and plugged it directly into the modem with no change [other than the loss of the LAN ] The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties are each set to "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically" I only entered information under the Alternate Configuation tab so I can at least share files and the printer. Is there some setting in XP somewhere that I have failed to check that will allow the router to assign an IPA to my computer?