Setting up password protection on a router


I have a Linksys router BESFR41. At home, I have 2 computers side by side, desktops, one with Win 8, the other Win 7. They are connected by ethernet cable to the router. At the time of purchase, I asked the salesperson if it had wireless capability. She said they "were all wireless". When I swipe the right side of the screen on the Win 8 computer, I see my Linksys as available for access along with my neighbors' networks. Their's have a lock icon. Mine does not. I was following directions for the setup of password protection for the router so I could use my phone on Wi-Fi, and my setup screen looked different. It had no "Wireless" tab. I Googled it, and it seems my router is wired, not wireless. I'm not completely certain of this, because I turned off my mobile access and set my phone to Wi-Fi only and it can access my email. At this point, I am thoroughly confused. Can the Experts take a look at this issue and help me? Thanks in advance.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That router also dates back about 15 years. It is obsolete today (I had one of these back then). If you got true Wi-Fi access on your phone, it was from a different source.

You should get a wireless router for your applications.
sheana11Author Commented:
Thanks for answering my question so promptly. Can you recommend a router that has wireless capability as well as ethernet(wired) functionality?
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Go with something from D-link, Asus, Linksys, or Netgear.  Check the reviews online and set a budget then pick the best reviewed device for your budget.

I have this model and I like it:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It depends on how much you wish to spend. D-Link and Asus are consumer routers. I use a Cisco RV220W wireless router which is an "N" router with very fast throughput. A Cisco RV180W router is less expensive and almost as good.

Watch the throughput specification. Fast ports are not helpful if throughput cannot keep up.
sheana11Author Commented:
Thanks, Experts!
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