Last Thursday I was on site volunteering at a charity wanting some IT help. They were using a VISTA machine in lieu of a server, sharing the hard drive. All machines were networked OK with fixed IP addresses. The rest of the machines were a mix of XP Pro and Home (they were using workgroups). I did not have access to the router config. The VISTA box being shared until they get a server was networked fine, obviously, but had no internet access. I suspected DNS, but other machines had no problems. So far as I could see the TCP/IP setting matched those in use by other machines, fixed IP addie, gateway specified as router, DNS as router. I tried changing the IP address and added an opendns addie for secondary, without success. Checked it was not a firewall issue and even tried another browser, no joy. I thought I would post here because I'm relatively new to VISTA networking and you guys may have some good ideas - or at very least input to things to test when I am next on site tomorrow. I hope I tried to ping outside network from the machine, but honestly I cannot remember dead. There must be very common reasons for internet to drop from a vista box which stays networked... unfortunately I do not know them! So - look forward to hearing.... I'll be there tomorrow and will post back as soon as it is resolved (or not!).