Thank you very much for replying. Here is the additional info:
# Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE BY HAND -- YOUR CHANGES WILL BE OVERWRITTEN
Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
PING 192.168.1.254 (192.168.1.254) 56(84) bytes of data.
--- 192.168.1.254 ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 2009ms
PING 188.8.131.52 (184.108.40.206) 56(84) bytes of data.
From 192.168.1.66 icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.1.66 icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.1.66 icmp_seq=3 Destination Host Unreachable
--- 220.127.116.11 ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 0 received, +3 errors, 100% packet loss, time 2000ms
I am aware of lots of issues with the driver for this card but believe that it has been resolved from 12.04 onwards? (I had previously found instructions for installing the manufacturers one on the internet). Either way I do not think this is the same issue as I have no problems connecting to public wifi nor do I have problems connecting to my girlfriends (protected) wifi.
02:00.0 Network controller : Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8192E/RTL8192SE Wireless LAN Controller [10ec:8192] (rev 01)
I removed Wicd and went back to the default network manager after I found it hadnt helped. Can happily reinstall and check for DNS settings if needs be?
Thanks again for taking an interest.