Ok, for the last two nights I have been running my USB ethernet directly out of the WP without dropping my connection. Here is the situation:
I have a dlink 650 (not650TX) usb ethernet adapter. Went to the ADMtek website and D/l the pegasus drivers and deleted the dlink drivers. When the WP boots, I have no ethernet, I unplug the USB and plug it back in an *presto* ethernet. Here is an interesting quirk (I tried this based on some other history). If I connect to AOL via TCP/IP and leave AOL5.0 running, my ethernet never seems to crap out. I use Netscape and Opera to broswe, MSN messenger. Tonight I am going to try some streaming stuff connecting to Spinner.com without AOL and see how long it lasts. I am not sure WHY it seems to be working: I can run MSN messenger and AOL 5.0 at the same time, and it keeps on ticking. Tonight I'll start Spinner and MSN and see if it shuts down after a bit.
The AOL try was a shot in the dark as I heard (don't ask me were or what) that AOL loads its own tcp/ip, but I thought that only took effect for AOL dial-up. Time to start removing variables till something breaks.