Barry Woolgar noted: >>This sounds like the Ubuntu box has a fixed IP specified in its networking >>config. So when it comes on it doesn't ask your router for a new IP, but >>just starts using its hardcoded IP (perhaps 192.168.0.1) which happens to be >>the one getting served up by DHCP on the router to the laptop. This could >>then cause the problem you're having. Sounds reasonable! >>To solve it, either switch the Ubuntu box to start using DHCP, or set the >>laptop to use another fixed IP (eg 192.168.0.2) - but the latter will >>probably just cause more problems down the line. Unfortunately I can't help >>with where to change the Ubuntu config. Okay - I'll poke around looking for it ... right now it's connecting using some "auto-ethernet" daemon (methinks). I tried puttering around in the network settings there ... I guess I'll try some more. Thanks! RonL.