Okay, I'm at the super-pissed level right now and need calmer heads to help. I had a wired-only router. Swapped it for a Wi-Fi G/B. Both are Linksys, and the wired part of the LAN switched over in 2 seconds. However, this is my first Wi-Fi network and while I think I get most of what I've read so far I still can't get this stupid laptop to connect to the basic setup. It's an HP Pav. 5300 with Wi-Fi (G and B, maybe even A) that my wife bought. We have never had it on a Wi-Fi network. Right now it sees 2 nets, one which is not mine, low power and required a WEP key. However, if I say connect to that it seems to even though I can get no internet traffic (assume because no WEP and that the CPU is simply exchanging verified signals with that access point). Okay, so I open my router up. Broadcast the unique SSID, no WEP, turn off MAC filter, systems are about 8 feet apart. The laptop SEES the SSID and when I go to connect to it I have to select the "There's no WEP, should I still connect" box to activate the connect button. However, the connect button seems to have no effect at all (vs the reaction with the other connection that shows byte transfer, at least on a basic level). The laptop is XP. So WTF? I went with the "anyone is welcome, please come steal my bandwidth and data" mode, the laptop sees this unique SSID pop up the minute I enable it, but it refuses to actually connect to it. I'm weak with WEP, WPA and so on, although I understand the general principles. I just don't know the details and quirks of any of this, which I'm hoping is the problem. Side note - I'd be willing to take the laptop to another known public hotspot to test getting it online away from my router if anyone has advice on what I need to setup to do that. ie, do public spots (non pay) require any WEP setup or anything or do they just show up as an available connection and you just click connect and go? Answers could be responsible for saving a laptop from a long fall from a tall building.