'Way back when', it was 'normal' (sort of) to have to do the hard reset +5 times, before it would take on the AP in question. Could also just be me, couldn't count to 10. You cannot connect to wireless for configuration. This has to go by cable. Try (like AlphaDog suggests) to set your laptop IP address in the same IP subnet as the AP, ex. 192.168.0.199 / 255.255.255.0 and you are good to go.