Just updating this post for all who come here to see what I did to get connected.
These are the steps overall.....
1. Ensure my hardware is installed with updated drivers.
2. Move antenna outside to get a good connection(some houses have wire mesh inside the wall (plaster and wiremesh) that blocks signals [antenna is connected to my tower:( ].
3.Tried turning off Firewall and connecting with some success, however I thought I needed my firewall for protection. Found out that Avast has a sort of firewall of its own called shields(is this a British way of calling it a firewall?) here is some info on avast and blocking internet connection...»forum.avast.com/index.php?topic= ··· =66744.0
So basically disable all shields and try to connect with success. So I leave Avast shields off and windows firewall "ON" to protect PC. Later, I realized I needed open ports for DNS and DHCP functions.
So basically check my hardware and drivers and ensuring a good signal is recieved from the broadcasting antenna. Ensuring that nothing blocks the signal on my PC. Ensuring DNS and DHCP functions. And last but not least repeatedly logging in to the SmartWireless login page
x 10 .......
May need to buy the antenna that they sell for better success for 130 and some change.