The real problem is multiple bugs,ifplugd.conf disappears,dhcpcd won't start even from the command line,I have never been able to ping any pc on the network with Vector,I would try reinstalling ifplugd if I could get online however as SOHO is only just out I assume these bugs will get fixed at some point.
If I try wireless, 'wireless radar' shows a full strengh signal but cannot connect as it can't obtain an ip,entering it manually as a fixed ip crashes it. Vwifi crashes when selecting 'scan with wireless radar' option but entering the ssid manually it rejects the wpa key.
wpa_supplicant will not load with ndiswrapper,launching "wpa_supplicant cli" shows that broadcom driver cannot be used but ndiswrapper can, using ndiswrapper as the driver for wpa_supplicant doesn't get wpa_supplicant to even start. wpa_supplicant should work with both bcm43xx and ndiswrapper.
Knetwork manager could easily replace all the old tools vector comes with,I would much rather configure a network with that as it's reliable,works with wpa_supplicant and enables switching from wired to wireless almost instantly.
Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions though,really appreciated.