I've been up to some hardware hacking this morning to try and extend the life of my ailing graphite base station. Recently range has been dropping off and I've been getting loads of connection drop-offs. Turning off WEP (don't worry - it's restricted by MAC address still) has solved the drop-offs. I figured adding an external antenna might help the range. I more or less followed the instructions from http://www.vonwentzel.net/ABS/index.html Surprisingly it's all re-started up OK and range is slightly better (not as much I hoped for. At the same time I removed the modem card as I have never used it and read somewhere that this helped reduce the power consumption and heat generation. If anyone wants a modem card for a graphite base station (perhaps because yours has stopped working) then drop me a line. I was going to strip the paint off with some isopropyl alcohol, but the stuff I bought does not seem to be strong enough - maybe some white spirits would work?