The computers wireless NIC(network interface controller) will automatically detect wireless signals inside its reach and signal type(b/g/n). The router software is most likely to control via a GUI(graphical user interface) the network connections, software/firmware updates, and wireless network settings like the encryption. You can also view which devices are connected to the router, to include xbox, Ps3..ect. If the GUI does not have these features, do not worry, some router software doesnt come that way. Ive installed the software for your router before, the setup process brings you to a GUI that lets you find and connect to Wireless access points, and shows your connection to the internet and the signal strength. It gives an easier to read layoutof the basic windows wireless properties(when u right click on the wireless connection in network connections) showing saved connection settings and automatically joined connections.
By the way, you do not need a new mother board, you can purchase a network card from best buy or similiar store. They are the 10/100/1000 (or similiar) netowrk cards. Ask the computer department they will know what your talking about. Here is a link to Best Buy for a Network card for 20$.http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dynex%26%23174...p;skuId=8350802
Just make sure to check online or with best buy before buying, you need to get one compatible with your system. this one requires:
Plug-and-play installation in any 32-bit PCI 2.1/2.2 card slot
Here is the Manual for your Router:http://ec1.images-amazon.com/media/i3d/01/...AL000000300.pdf
You can view/edit your routers settings here:http://192.168.1.1
^If you had previously logged into this address and set a user name and PW, you must enter them to gain access to the site, other wise just leave the user name blank and enter "admin" as the PW (with no quotations.)
this information is in the manual on page 14.
Edited by s1lents0ul, 16 April 2010 - 08:56 AM.