Hi, the router is configured to give back 192.168.1.1xx addresses. When I brought up the Pluto machine, it did not appear in the router's DHCP list, although I recall seeing it there at some point during the install. The address Pluto seems to have gotten hung up on is the DNS address. The reason I can ping this address from other machines on my network is not because networking is working on the Pluto machine, but because the DNS is running, at my ISP.
Anyway, at this point I've tried another Linux distribution, Fedora. Came up first try, got a 192.168.1.1nn address, and all networking is fine. This helps me know that there's not a problem in my network, laptop, or with Linux support for this machine. It must be something in the Linux configuration for Pluto. Note, I'm just trying to isolate the problem, not trying to place blame.
I can't give you ip route or addr info since Pluto's not longer there. From memory, ip addr showed no address for the eth0 interface. I'd still like to get Pluto running, at some point in the future I'd like to start building a media center. However, I need a fix for the networking problem before I can go any further.