I'm just slinging this out in the hopes some genius has an answer to offer while I'm searching for an answer myself. I'm just getting wired up in my new apartment. Brand new D-Link cable modem, works fine. I can hook it up straight to the desktop or laptop with no problems and ride the waves, which is how I'm posting this. With the router (WRT54G v.2, Alchemy firmware) it's a different story. And I'll preface this by saying it worked in the last place and hasn't been damaged. The short of it is, everything seems to be in order, working with default settings, and when plugged in to the modem the Internet light comes on, but there's no connection being made. First tried to get the wireless going, and that did broadcast well and good, but there was no actual connection (meaning although everything said all systems go, I couldn't actually get on the web). So to double-check, I ran the modem to the router and ran another direct wired link to the laptop to see if this was a wireless problem or something else. It's something else, and that's what I'm hoping you, whoever you may be, knows something about. After running the wire from the modem into the router and then another wire from the router to the computer, the Internet light is on (and I can get into the web interface to monkey with the firmware), I can't actually get on the web. So somewhere along the way the modem and the router aren't actually talking to each other, even though they look like it. They're faking it. It's like a silent film. And silent films can be annoying. And this is getting annoying. My wife needs the desktop and I need the laptop and we both need access. So that's my sob story. I'm about to the hair-pulling-out stage. Drop some science on me.