Ok...this might be a bigger question than I think....but I just got a MacBook Pro 17". I am going to use that as my main machine. I have my dual G5 desktop that I'm keeping and am thinking of using as a server of sorts. I also have four external hard drives where I keep all my files...none are really kept on the G5 since it was so unreliable. Now...I have the external HDs connected to the G5...firewire and USB. I have a DSL connection with a static IP that I use on the G5. That means I can access the files on the G5, and the files on the HDs connected to the G5, from anywhere...through the static IP. But it's kind of slow to work that way when I'm in the office. I have a ethernet hub and a router...and this is where I start to get confused. I am running ethernet right into my MacBook, as well as the G5. I have file sharing turned on for the G5. But when I go to connect to it from the PowerBook, I can't get in for some reaosn. But if I do connect to the remote server...via the internet...I can get to the G5 and the HDs connected to it. Can I just make a small network here in my office, and connect to the G5 and the HDs from my MacBook, via ethernet? And then, can I still connect remotely to the G5 and HDs via my static IP address? ANd how would I do it all? Please tell me if you think I should just take a class. Thanks!