The first thing I did was DISABLE the Wi-Fi Protected setting on the router.
Then, I found out what "wireless utility" meant (it was either Windows or Linksys). Through an error message when I tried to check my wireless connection trough the Windows icon on the system tray, it gave me an error message:
"Windows cannot configure this wireless connection. If you’ve enable another program to configure this connection, use that software. If you want to use Windows to configure the wireless connection, click Advanced Settings, Wireless Networks tab, and then select the check box labeled, “Use Windows to configure my wireless settings.”
From here I went in to make sure the box noted above was unchecked. I then opened the Linksys utility in the system tray and opened up my profiles. It prompted me to select my encryption and enter my passkey (It had never prompted me to do this before, I am not sure if it had something to do with disabling the WPS setting on the router). I then tried to connect to the router and, at first, it was able to connect, but unable to find the internet. I went back in to the Linksys utility and Refreshed the Site Survey option to look for my wireless signal. I then doubled check my settings in the Profile setting on the Linksys utility. I tried to connect again, and Eureka! It worked.
So, I believe the verdict is that the Linksys, 2004 WPC54G v2, was, most likely, unable to support the WPS setting on the router. The other possibility is that I was running the Windows and the Linksys utilities at the same time. Since I change both independent variables at the same time, I am unable to attribute the solution to either one, by my intuition tells me it was the WPS change.
Incidentally, I have a new wireless adapter that supports WPA2 encryption, coming in the mail. I hope you won’t see my post when I try to install that and change my encryption to WPA2!!!
Thank you so much for your input. From totally remodeling my house and fixing my cars, to computer issues, I have been able to access help through forums from tremendous people. What would I do without the internet? Well, I wouldn’t have computer troubles, the house would stay as is and I would ride my bicycle everywhere….hmm…