Linksys WRT54GL back to communicating with my wireless network because it can bump the signal out a lot farther. Was finally able to log into it (with the username and password that UK Neil brillianly saved to a notepad file on my computer). Going through all the settings in the firmware that Neil had installed, I only found one tiny tidbit amiss. The network name I put in on the Linksys (5 years ago) was slightly different from what I set up on the new Big Bend Telephone router I now have. My network name is the same but the old setup had some capital letters in it and my new setup is all lower case. The name of the network is also called the SSID - short for service set identifier. Turns out the SSID is case sensitive. If you really want to know more about SSID - it is an alphanumeric character set that is a unique identifier attached to the header of packets sent over a wireless local-area network (WLAN). The SSID, a component of IEEE802.11 WLAN architecture, acts as a password when a mobile device (or repeater in my case) tries to connect to the basic service set (BSS) - my Big Bend Telephone router. I changed a few letters and the Linksys is back in business.
I feel a little smarter now....do you? 90,95,69,0,B