Thanks for your reply again!
A quick question before I actually do anything....
(thanks for the quote marks--they are not at bottom for some reason but in top row above the reply to thread box)
It is likely that your router is not allowing access to the administration page via wireless. If you can, plug your laptop directly into the router and temporarily disable WiFi, and then try to access the gateway address, which using your given information would be 10.0.1.1. If you didn't already try that address--try it over the wireless first.
I entered just 10.0.1.1 in the Safari address bar and got Safari cannot open the page.
My cable/broadband set up is diagrammed thus:
Cable ====> RCA Modem ====> Apple Airport Express.
The RCA Modem has one Ethernet going out and one USB going out nothing "going in" at same time.
The Airport express has even less. Just a power plug, Ethernet port and USB port. Do you mean for me to hook the USB of the laptop into the Airport Express Router WHILE the Ethernet cable is plugged in? There is no "off" switch for the wireless signal. Just a light on top that is either Orange (searching for connections) or green (found connections to cable/internet.
There is similarly no on/off setting on the Apple computer or its "system preferences" icon I.e. no "disable" for 15 minutes choice like my Norton Anti-Virus etc programs can have.
So is that the set up you're looking for in that suggestion?
Or is the laptop to be directly plugged into the RCA Modem? I've done that before (at HP Tech's suggesion) to get a signal from the web directly into the laptop so they could download some software before I got the IE 8 "working" and I still don't know how come I got IE 8 connecting to the internet with the Win 7 as the router while nothing else uses it wirelessly (guess I'm reading but not learning).
As for lessons.....first of all clear up confuion. The school with the powerful signal is in one state I live in and I work in another as a Professor. No lessons as the school I work for has their own IT division handling all of the set ups on their computers/ sun systems UNIX etc... I've even pitched in for a few years stringing wires and repeaters through ceiling panels and ducts so I leanred a lot more than others were ever taught there.
Thanks again for your lessons here and in the article: re reading it while doing this.
dont' forget to read the article I posted earlier. This should be your #1 priority at this point
Again I just dashed this off--- will answer anything I missed in next message.