Great forums everyone, one thing i didn't account for when i bought this router of mine; i never knew i'm getting myself into a cult , which gave me a great boost to experiment with things and fix my so-so config. Here's my current setup : - an Alcatel Speedtouch330 USB modem connected to ISP wall socket from one end, and to an old - but sturdy- Dell PIII Optiplex GX110 . - The Dell naturally has a NIC, and runs Windows internet connection sharing. It is connect to the linksys using one of the 4 ports on the router (not internet/uplink port) - The router is configured to run in Router mode. I have not configured any route though but it seem to have auto-configured itself. That's it ! This is the only way i could get internet (wired/wireless accross the house). I basically connect my other other PC and XBOX via the remaining 2 ports, and laptop and PDA2k wirelessly. Now, my setup was done in less than 30 minutes as i was in a hurry to be up and running, but i'm not comfortable and i don't think i'm getting the optimum performance. My internet connection on the conneceted devices looses a few beats few times during the day. I also noticed that the gateway PC (the Dell) is enjoying a faster internet connection. KNowing the followign facts keeps me worried; 1. The gateway Dell PC is a slow one, it runs zonealaram, windows ICS (which involves some routing i assume) on top of windows XP SP2. 2. The router is configured to act as a router also, which might be conflicting with what ICS on the gateway PC is doing. 3. Am i better off getting another modem with and Ethernet port and connect it to the internet port on the router ? (and skip the gateway PC component) ? If so, then what do you recommend ? 4. Is the router's built in firewall good enough and should i use it instead of zonealarm? i use zonealarm to avoid setting up rules myself , ZA takes care of that automatically -and nicely, i must say-. 5. My Router's 'Routing' config is pretty much the default, as i don't know much about routing. But given the setup above, how should my router configuration be tweaked to achieve optimum results. I know this is too much, but i've been having these doubts for a couple of months now, and hopefully this will tickle some of genious minds to suggest a better performing solution. Tks, T.