Ok, are you ready for this? I recently bought a new laptop. I bought a gateway M460 running xp pro. My previous machine (dell inspiron 4150 also xp pro) never had any problems on my home network or my 2 office locations. Now, the gateway will connect sometimes and sometimes not. It will say it is connected yet I dont have any internet access.....does not matter the distance from the router. I AM submitting this on my home desktop (xp home) which is connected wireless to my linksys BEFW11S4. To make things even more interesting, I sold the Dell I used to have to an employee. Now it is having problems connecting at the office he works out of (never had a problem before). It is doing exactly the same thing my gateway is doing. Since the desktop doesnt have any problems, I have gone through all the settings on it and duplicated them to the laptop....still doesnt work. I have left the laptop running over the weekend and sometimes it will eventually get a connection but it can lose it as fast as it finds it.....usually when I turn it on I have connection, I ping the router and put a -t at the end.....it will give me about 5 round trip packets but then will time out repeatedly. the whole time this goes on the icon in the system tray says it is connected. anyone want to take a stab at this? I am just about convinced it has something to do with a windows update, but why isnt the desktop having problems? Thanks Ed.