I've come to realize..DOUBLE CHECK YOUR SHIT before you decide "well it says upgrading the firmware gives you the ability to boost the wireless signal strength...sounds good..shouldn't take long"..
Here I was thinking I had a standard Linksys WRT54G version 6.0 wireless router...nooooo...
I have a "neutered" router..half the RAM than other models..
After "upgrading" and flashing firmware and generally going nuts and shit ...the internet is working back in my house.
im off to bed.