<<< Belkin tech says it's because the voyager is set to channel 5 and Belkin products like chan 1-6 >>>
I always thought 5 was somewhere between 1 and 6, but I could be wrong. Anyway, I've always used my three Belkin adapters (PCI, PCMCIA & USB) on the default channel of my two routers, which is 11, without problems.
Have you actually "Connected" to the wireless network? In other words, have you run the wireless adapter's software, scanned for "Available Wireless Networks", found and highlighted the one that matches your router's SSID (network name) and selected the option to "Connect" to it? Once "Connected", the wireless adapter should get its IP address by DHCP from the router and you should have network and internet access.
There is a difference between the Wireless Network Adapter and Router communicating with a good signal and "Connecting" (as in "logging in") to your Wireless network.
Generally, assigning fixed IP and other addresses is not a good idea because it hides the fact that adapter and router are not communicating. There are reasons for using fixed IP addressing, but not at the stage where you are initially trying to get them to talk to one another.