Ok, So I removed the DHCP setting and rebooted (everything) a few times. The router seems to be holding on to the setting (even though the setup screen says it is off). I know this because on my client, the ipconfig says no IP address assigned and has the wireless routher DHCP address.
My next step is to assign a new ip to the router that is in the range of my direcway assigned static ip and see if the client needs some assigned IPs also. However, will need to actually do some work today, so I will try it tonight.
Let me know if this sounds like a good idea.
Thanks for the re