i dont remember the specific model of the switch but i'd assume it falls under the simple category since it wasn't expensive at all. As for where i am seeing the no network access ... network sharing center - change adapter settings - right click the adapter and go to status At the very top under connection i have: IPv4 connectivity: Internet IPv6 connectivity: no internet access I suppose 'no internet access' is different from 'no network access' - although i could have sworn it said network before. I wonder if it would say no network if there were no other IPv6 pc's on the network? it's possibly my room mate (the other win7 PC) turned on his PC between the first time i looked at this and next. Then again it's entirely possible I just made a mistake when i typed no network access. I should be home in about an hour or so. I can test it further then.