it's weird. on all 3 computers i assigned them its ip address (192.168.1.100, 192.168.1.101, 192.168.1.102) in tcp/ip. lan ip is 192.168.1.2. when i goto forward ports on the router for this computer it disconnects me, and the other 2 will stay online. so now identd, ftp, and whatever else i have to open ports for isn't working. am i having ip conflicts or is it something else? modem is a Westell 2100 isp is bellsouth firmware 1.46.02 it's a bridged connection. edit: as of now i've had no disconnects on this computer for a few hours but that's because i havn't forwarded any ports on this computers ip.