Although various research efforts have reported some success in solving difficult problems related to intelligent environments, very little progress has been made in implementing a truly intelligent system in reality. This paper looks at intelligent environments from a networking and connectivity point of view in order to gain a fresh perspective. First, we review intelligent environment qualities and projects so that we may ascertain the current state of intelligent environment research. Next, we present a classification of the essential components of an intelligent environment, and observe that a connectivity infrastructure does exist in the form of a network of Internet Appliances. We also note, however, that the intelligence components necessary for an intelligent environment are lacking. Therefore, we discuss challenges and provide directions for future research so that we can move from a network of Internet Appliances to Internet Intelligent Environments.