I came from a PC. I could plug into work and not need to authenticate to my network but plug in proxy settings and get to the internet. I never had to hit AD and I never had to cache network configurations. I swear that my Mac responds just little bit slower while I'm at work because I haven't a clue if this works the same out of the box or if I need to change something. FF has proxy settings and I have no problem but still get the system lag. When I am at home, my machine is zip zip zippy doing the exact same things but without proxy or network firewalls and authentication. I understand network firewalls and proxies can cause some lag but not on stuff i do locally on my box even when all the browsers are off! I hope I am making some sense in my questions and examples. Could someone enlighten me on how I might be able to access my proxy but shutoff the authentication with AD on my mac? I hate the group policies they use at the office.