Thanks all, good information. Turns out it was a double whammy. I was trying to use it at home and at work and both of these places had their own problems so it was nothing to do with the mini. At work the modem was failing and at home I was to ignorant to know how to interface it. LOL All better now.
I have an XPS 420 desktop, a Studio XPS 1645 and just now this Mini and I think I'm going to use the hell out of the Mini more than anything. It's brand new though so I haven't had it out and about battery free, thanks for the info on that 50p and thank you holmes4 for the heads up on router connectivity. I think if I'd tried it out at more locations I would have realized the puter was fine.