I have the following setup. Comp1 XP pro, comp2 XP home connected to a linksys router (each system have 1 nic card) then to my adsl modem. Comp1 is on automatic ip detect and comp2 will only work when I use the manual ip setting for my local network. So my default gateway on LAN is set to 192.168.1.1 my comp1 is on 192.168.1.2 and comp2 is 192.168.1.3 both systems do see eachother on the network. The problem I'm having is that very often I'm unable to access my WAN (internet) even though according to the router I'm connected to ADSL and when checking the router it shows i'm connected (using the http://192.168.1.1 from brouser to check the admin settings on router). This can last for hours (even after multiple modem and router resets to verify they not causing the problem) then out of blue everything is working again. I have called the earthlink support and on their end it shown I'm connected but since I'm on hold for 1 hour on average by the time they get to me the problem usually resolves itself. I have even disabled my IceDefender firewall and pluged modem directly to comp 1 and used my PPPOE dialup and was getting a wierd "unable to open port" error message or "unable to find host machine". Is there any way I can pinpoint if its my hardware thats causing this headache or is it on their end meaning earthlink or phone company? Again this is very strange because it works then i lose connection then it starts working again without me doing anything.