Beautiful, that appears to be exactly what I was looking for. I've heard tales of this mythical are dwee no thing, but have yet to get my mitts on one. Will have to change that...
OK after sniffing around the arduinos for a bit, I like em. Trying to put together a shopping list here. I already have the router and IP cam I plan to use for the bot, and I'll be handling power for the whole mess once I get further into the brawn side of things. So from sparky I'm looking at...
arduino uno R3, $30https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11021
Ethernet shield $46https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9026
Case for Uno and ethernet shield $12https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10088
for a total of $88+s/h. Not as bad as I thought, which means I must be missing something. This is when someone who's used one of these things throwing a cluebrick my way would be nice