I figured out the problem on my own.
The problem: My network would not "discover" my MBL
I noticed whenever I plugged in the supplied ethernet cable to the router the corresponding port number on the front display panel was not lighting up.
I had another ethernet cable from another wireless N router laying around.
Plugged in the other cable and the #1lit up immediately on the front panel of the wireless router.
I then went to my laptop and clicked "find drive on network" and it found it right away.
So in the end....it was the the original MBL ethernet cable that was bad.