My glorious power company has been intent on taking out my hardware - recent power spikes took out my VCR, my Linux Box's power supply (for some reason, I had turned off my UPS. No idea how that happened). I took the Linux box downtime as an opportunity - we had been using it as the house router since about 1999. However, it was only providing a 10 mb house LAN - not a problem until we got a second ReplayTV. You can stream recorded shows from one replay to another over the LAN - and it turns out that 10 mb was not enough bandwidth for that. So when the Linux box went down, I bought Linksys router. That gave us 100 mb on the LAN, and the replays started sendiing video across it quite nicely. I spent the extra 50 bucks and got a dual mode router - we now have a 100 mb wired LAN and an 11 mb wireless LAN - which means that my notebook is no longer a slave to the ethernet cabling. All in all, it's quite nice - I should have done this before.