Since setting my server1 as a DHCP and DNS server last night my laptop is having some problems connecting to the outside world. It seems to work fine for a time, then drops out, although i can still access the internal network. When checking ipconfig, my default gateway is 192.168.1.254 (this is the bt home hub - my wireless router). [Background: I have a netgear wired router (192.168.1.1) acting as my gateway to the external world. My bt Home Hub (192.168.253/254 - presumably one for wired, and one for wireless) is physically plugged into this, providing my wireless connection] This has only started since i set server1 as DHCP and DNS (i reserved IP's for server1, server2, and the netgear (although these should query the DHCP for it as they have been statically assigned it within their settings). If i /release /renew the ip on the laptop (wirelessly connected) it seems to resolve the default gateway back to the netgear, but this reverts after a time. The laptop has server1 set as its primary DNS server. Im thinking that the bt home hub is hijaking the DHCP and setting itself as the default gateway regardless of the fact that it has no direct connection to the network. Is there a way to tell the laptop to get its DHCP from a specific location (ie server1), or is there another way to resolve this? Fergal Further Update: While posting this i had issues connecting out. i went into DHCP on server1, and set two ips on the forwarding tab (i got to the forwarding section in a weird way - i double-clicked on 'root hints' and navigated to the forwardesr tab). in the forwarders section, i selected 'all other DNS domains' and set 192.168.1.1 (my netgear) into the IP address list, i also set 22.214.171.124 (i got this ip from the netgear frontpage under the DNS setting on the ADSL port). This seems to have connected me to the outside world. Have i set all this up correctly???