The system says:
Unidentified Network (Public Network) [dont know why it sees the SSID, and I have tried switching to private but no different]
Access Local Only [this is the issue because hard wired it says Local and Internet; of course on that one I had to assign it as a home Network]
Connection Wireless Network Connection (PKRZONE)
I have seen posts on many sites about this issue with different solutions and causes - sounds mostly just another case of Vista being lousy... I tried the "Fix" on the microsoft site, it didn't work. There was another reference to an improperly uninstalled Norton anti-virus. I dont know if there was ever a version of NOrton on the machine. Some other descriptions used commands to "rebuild the TCP/IP stack" but it sounded a bit specific to the computer so thought I would ask first.
I should also note I tried shutting off the Firewall and even uninstalled Avast for a while - neither helped.
I greatly appreciate any assistance!