I guess I did not explain the setup well. Only the wired router has DHCP enabled. The wireless router has the DHCP disabled-yes it is wired to the wired router and picking up an IP.
aem better described this better than I did the first time - Thanks.
The IP of the wired router is picked up from the cable modem and yes it is the default gateway.
There was one more test done to confirm it was broken - the cable modem was connected to one of the LAN ports and the laptop was wired to the LAN ports as well. From this setup, the laptop picked up the IP directly from the cable modem bypassing the wired router. The tech suggested I try the 4 port wired router as it has the latest software so off I went to Tigerdirect. I have it now plugged in the same setup as before....fingers crossed.