| it doesnt help that the routers settings page is in chinese but again im pretty sure that isnt the problem here....|
That doesn't strike you as odd, or that perhaps something is 'wrong'???
Get it set to show English. If you can't, then there is definitely something wrong with that router. If you can't set it to English, I'd replace the unit.
I've setup enough WLAN's with SOHO level equipment now to know that they're pretty much plug-and-play. By that I mean, once you have the wireless network setup and clients connected, they should be able to connect to each other without issue.