I used to be with NTL and was very glad when I moved to leave them behind. My network with a crossover cable worked fine on that system. Firstly ics must only be enabled on the pc that is directly connected to ntl. The other one just connects to the internet through another pc on the network. I normally set the ip address manually 192 168 0 2 for the non ntl one sub netmask 255 255 255 0 Then if you have zone alarm installed on the ntl pc add the ip address for the second pc. Make sure both pcs are on the same workgroup I use MShome. I always put anyold file in the shared folders on both pcs dont know why but it seems to work better with it.