Hassan Schroeder offered some interesting suggestions as well ... >>I would set the modem/router (which I assume is the source of your >>DHCP addresses) to only offer addresses within a restricted range, >>say .101-.249, and then give the Ubuntu box a fixed address outside >>of that. I'm with you on the theory. My 'applied' is a bit weak. >>If you don't have configuration access to the modem/router, then I >>would try giving the Ubuntu box a fixed address anyway, higher than >>the default one the laptop is being assigned. Okay - I'll see if I can figure out how to do that this evening. Thanks!! RonL.