thanks for the tips!
But another dumb question.....I went and bought an ethernet cable and I want to wire the laptop to the router directly. One end into the laptop, the other into the router - and I expected -*PRESTO*-
What I actually got made me more confused. It's still on the wireless connection and the #2 light on the router is lighting up. My desktop is #1 (solid green light) and the laptop is #2 (Orange light that flashes once in a while). I disconnected from the wireless network, expecting to be still connected because of the cable but no dice.
I have a Netgear Wireless N WNR2000 and AT&T DSL (the fastest they have) if that helps....
wow. i need some cable ties....when i look at the picture it looks like a huge mess