OK, I've wondered about this for ages and never really thought about getting an answer, my question is... i have 2 computers at home, sharing my ADSL connection (which is just an ADSL modem on one computer (the server)), and just shared using XP Home Networking through a crossover cable. I have Norton Personal Firewall installed on the server, set to run at startup. My question is, if the server is turned on and left at the XP logon screen, and my other pc is turned on and trys to connect to the internet, it will make the server dialup the adsl connection, but if the server is still on the logon screen will the Norton firewall be active/started? I thought it only started when a user logs on (shown in system tray). I'm just worried about the saftey of the connection... oh, and no; I don't use XP's built in firewall, just Norton. Thanks for your time!