Networking and routers are an area I have almost zero knowledge. My current router is a Linksys BEFSR41 four port wired. I've had it running for 4+ years and though there have been the occasional need to reset through rebooting it has been rock solid. Since the day I set it up I have let it be. As the old adage goes, "If it ain't broke don't fix it." However, I would now like to add an Access Point in order to have wireless connection for our laptops rather than having to have said laptops connected by an ethernet cable. There are a large number of offerings of Access Points that allow this option by connecting to a wired router. Since the firmware must be old I was wondering if the first step should be upgrading my router to the lastest firmware before adding the Access Point. I certainly don't want to "brick" my router but I have certainly gotten my monies worth out of it if it does happen. Thoughts? Thanks.