Hustle T said:
Also, my booklet says that I must install the software in order for the router to work properly and efficiently.
That section of the book is for white haired grandma's who only use the internet on sunday. (said tongue in cheek)
The CD has this fancy program that magically sets everything up for you. If you need the WEP key, connect to the router with a wire, and go into the router's web interface and find it / change it.
As far as "my computer recognizing the device hooked up to my cpu" ...? Is your network card giving you problems? That's a different issue entirely.