So that's what I have, a double NAT config? LOL. I'm still reading up on how to secure the wireless, but at this point, after testing sucurity at Symantic, Sygate, and grc, I come up stealth. Except if I ping my external IP addy, ZoneAlarm pops up; if I click no, no response; if I click yes, then I can ping. I'll have to go back into Netgear's setup page to enable certain things for added security (which means disconnecting and doing a hard reset on the router; a big downside to this setup). Had a friend come over with a laptop with same 108 Mbs adapter, and he couldn't hook into my wireless connection. I am, however, picking up other people's connection ("Linsys,D-Link, ERIC"), but not able to connect to them. When I leave my SSID at the default name of Netgear, I was able to hook into someone else's network. In the meantime, I feel "relatively" safe, but I still need to do some more research, e.g wep, port forwarding, etc. Maybe THEN I'll truly understand why you wave people off on such setups. But I do know a wireless setup is inherently more vulnerable to a hardwired setup. I wonder if being linked to an SMC ethernet router gives me added sucurity? I always thought SMC was a pretty cheesy router, as routers go, but a mod a practicallynetworked personally thought they were the best; beats me. Anyway, just enjoying going around untethered with my laptop, and do more to really lockdown the system.