Ok, I have a computer I've installed win2000 on to be a firewall for the two computers in my house which access the internet. My question is, how do I do this? I'm fairly computer savy so I just need general instructions on how this will work. For example: do I specify ip addresses for all the computers and have the router point to the 'server' and let the server give the other two computers their IP addresses? I know I'm asking fairly complicated stuff but if everyone who gives suggestions doesn't explain using complicated technical jargon I think I can figure a lot of it out without asking too many questions. I'll let yall explain now. It's a clean install of win2000 and I'll install all 4 service packs as soon as I find a network cord to hook it up to the network with. It's a gateway p3 400mhz computer w/ 1218meg ram, 16meg graphic card (voodoo I think), a 9 gig HD, all of which I picked up for free. I have a 4 port Speedstream wired/wireless router (model 2624 I think) that will have 3 computers total being used on it. Those computers will be: The server, the upstairs computer, and the downstairs computer which is on a wireless network connection. The computers are all going to run different OS's unfortionately. The upstairs computer will have winxp, the server, like I said earlier, will have win2000 pro, and the downstairs computer has winME. I'll be using the server to store family pictures on and other shared files between the two computers and to act as a gateway between our computers and the internet. Thanks in advance. ps. first question is which computer should have the virus protection program on it? I have norton 2004 antivirus. Will I scan over a network? The reason I ask is that the downstairs computer has mccaffee on it and I'd like to take it off ASAP. Thanks again.