Days and hours later I have finally resolved my Network setup issues. I have followed this string from the beginning and have gone back and forth with Samsung phone service performing almost all the recommended fixes. Still Nothing. I was just about to ship the unit back to Samsung ...that is until I contacted Linksys phone service who not only solved my wireless problems but probably fixed some other problems with my network that were just waiting to happen. However, read on to see the solution.
Long story short:
1. After Linksys (Cisco) fixed all my settings that aspect of the problem was ruled out. Now for the good part, forget the wireless connection unless you see at least 3 bars on your network search. That's the first clue. Otherwise you will probably fall into the tarpit that I did and end up messing around with entering all those passwords under the MEP, MES2, yada, yada using both upper and lower case and go for the network connection test and fail repeatedly at any given moment at any of the four levels (address, gateway, ping, etc.). I tried every combination possible, auto, manual, semi-auto, you name it, I failed it. Network Failure after network failure while every other wireless device I own picks it up loud and clear even when I lay it on top of the DVD player!
2. I contacted my internet provider (Comcast) who assured me I have 8mps coming into the house loud and clear. They suggested going wired instead of wireless and that I could get really good speed using a remote network adapter.
3. Trotted down to BB and spent the extra bucks (@ $130) to get the Netgear XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit that amped up my internet speed x10. Ran a direct Ethernet wire from the router to the Netgear device that is plugged into a local 110v outlet; ran another ethernet from the 2nd Netgear booster device located downstairs to the DVD player. Changed from "Wireless" to "Cable" network setup connection and and viola! Network connection success! Netflix download in <20 seconds, Pandora instantly, great picture, miles and miles of smiles
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
As for my Linksys router support. I called tech service and they were able to hook up to my computer remotely. This allowed the techie to set up my router with all the correct settings including the sockets that Samsung said had to be open (440, 60). In the end, it turns out none of that mattered if you can't get those 3+bars on your wireless network search on the Samsung device.
Forget the wireless; go wired!! P.s. My wireless dongle is for sale.