Wow, okay, where to start...I guess the beginning would be a good place. Forgive me everybody, this is kinda long but I want to give you as much background as I can possibly remember. Sadly I think I know the answers I am going to get, but we'll try anyway. A week ago I brought home a D-Link router to replace the hub and two purchesed IP addresses supplied by Road Runner. I followed the instructions in their little quick start guide to gain access to the router and to configure it. After about thirty attempts at typing http://192.168.0.1 into IE6 I was FINALLY able to gain access to the router and configure it to assign dynamic IP addresses to my two computers. Both computers were then able to go out online with no apparent problems. 2 days later I started having connectivity issues where I would suddenly lose my internet connection. I contacted D-Link's tech support and was told to assign my XP machine a static IP address and also to make a change in the router config to "renew IP address forever", so I did. I rebooted the XP box adn then was back out online. Yesterday I suddenly lost connectivity and could not, no matter how I tried, get into the router config. I changed my IP from static back to Dynamic and upon a fresh reboot I could go into the command prompt and through IPCONFIG /ALL I could see where I had been assigned a valid IP address, correct subnet mask and DG. I could ping the router but could not do any DNS pings. But I could not go online or get into the router config come hell or high water. Neither computer could go online. If I released the IP address I could forget renewing it because It couldn't contact the DHCP server...but let me reboot and there was an IP address again. I reset the router and the cable modem so many times I lost count. 2 1/2 hours on the phone with someone I could barely understand and still no connectivity. He told me I had a bad router. I asked him if any services in Windows XP Pro would interfere in any way with XP being able to connect to the router. He told me unequivocally "NO". You see, this is the part where I get to hang my head in shame...I am curious and so I installed some of the addtional features in the add remove programs Windows components section like IIS, SNMP, RIP v.1 yesterday morning prior to my really bad lock out. I had also just finished downloading and installing the critical updates and XP updates from Microsoft as well. So, I am not sure if any of those could be a part of the problem. I did go back and uninstall the additional Windows components I installed and checked in the services to see if there were any that were still running that may have affected it but nothing I found made me even slightly curious. I resigned myself to taking the router back and exchanging it. When I got to my CCNA class and told my instructor about it he suggested I bring it in and we try it on one of the lab computers running Win2K Pro. Inside of 30 seconds he was connected and surfing the Web. So no bad Router. He told me to bring it home and connect to the interface through my 98 Box and not to worry about why I can't connect through XP. Well, I did bring it home and after resetting the router, and cable modem, I hooked my 98 Box into port 1 and was into the configuration menu in no time and had both computers out online. I tried for grins and giggles to connect to it through my XP machine and still no go. I know that by my having downloaded all the updates and Installing the additional features I will probably never know the answer to this riddle, but maybe someone else has experienced (pardon the pun) something similar. I have downloaded all critical updates and all Windows XP updates so it could be any one of them. I've included my services and their status if that would be of any help. They are: Name Status Startup Type Log On As Alerter Manual Local Service Application Layer Gateway Service Manual Local Service Application Management Manual Local System ASP.NET State Service Manual .\ASPNET Automatic Updates Manual Local System Background Intelligent Transfer Service Manual Local System ClipBook Manual Local System COM+ Event System Started Manual Local System COM+ System Application Manual Local System Computer Browser Manual Local System Cryptographic Services Started Automatic Local System DHCP Client Started Automatic Local System Diskeeper Started Automatic Local System Distributed Link Tracking Client Started Automatic Local System Distributed Transaction Coordinator Manual Network Service DNS Client Started Automatic Network Service Error Reporting Service Disabled Local System Event Log Started Automatic Local System Fast User Switching Compatibility Disabled Local System Help and Support Started Automatic Local System Human Interface Device Access Disabled Local System IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Manual Local System Indexing Service Disabled Local System InteractiveLogon Automatic Local System Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Manual Local System IPSEC Services Manual Local System Leadtek Driver Helper Service Started Automatic Local System Logical Disk Manager Started Automatic Local System Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Manual Local System Machine Debug Manager Disabled Local System Messenger Started Automatic Local System MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Manual Local System Net Logon Manual Local System NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Manual Local System Network Connections Started Manual Local System Network DDE Disabled Local System Network DDE DSDM Disabled Local System Network Location Awareness (NLA) Started Manual Local System Norton AntiVirus Auto Protect Service Started Automatic Local System Norton Unerase Protection Started Automatic Local System NT LM Security Support Provider Manual Local System pcAnywhere Host Service Manual Local System Performance Logs and Alerts Manual Network Service Plug and Play Started Automatic Local System Portable Media Serial Number Disabled Local System Print Spooler Started Automatic Local System Protected Storage Started Automatic Local System QoS RSVP Disabled Local System Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Manual Local System Remote Access Connection Manager Manual Local System Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Manual Local System Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Started Automatic Local System Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Manual Network Service Remote Registry Disabled Local Service Removable Storage Manual Local System Routing and Remote Access Disabled Local System ScriptBlocking Service Automatic Local System Secondary Logon Manual Local System Security Accounts Manager Disabled Local System Shell Hardware Detection Started Automatic Local System Smart Card Disabled Local Service Smart Card Helper Disabled Local Service Speed Disk service Disabled Local System SSDP Discovery Service Started Manual Local Service System Event Notification Started Automatic Local System System Restore Service Automatic Local System Task Scheduler Started Automatic Local System TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Manual Local Service Telephony Manual Local System Telnet Manual Local System Terminal Services Disabled Local System Themes Started Automatic Local System Uninterruptible Power Supply Manual Local Service Universal Plug and Play Device Host Manual Local Service Upload Manager Manual Local System Volume Shadow Copy Manual Local System WebClient Disabled Local Service Windows Audio Started Automatic Local System Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Manual Local System Windows Installer Manual Local System Windows Management Instrumentation Started Automatic Local System Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions Manual Local System Windows Time Started Automatic Local System Wireless Zero Configuration Manual Local System WMI Performance Adapter Manual Local System Workstation Started Automatic Local System I'm totally lost. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Val p.s. sorry about hte way the formatting of the services turned out in the post. It looked much nicer in the text file I copied it from.