hopefully i can provide a little more insight than a link and an explanation of the link.................
if all you want is interet access for your laptops, well then you could go with a wireless B (11mbps) router which is still probably way faster than your internet connection, but they sell those widely anymore, so you should get a wireless G.
however if you, likemyself tend to send files across your network (especially larger ones) then you may want wireless G (54mbps) definitely or a draft n (100-300mbps) router.
for example, i just got a D-Link DSM-510 network media player. so now i've gotten into "streaming video." i NEEEEED all the speed and extra bandwidth i can get. so i want a Wireless N router with a Gigabit swich. but then i maaaay be a bit on the advanced end of the spectrum.
in theory... its all "easy to setup." in practice, i have purched linksys routers (wireless b, g and soon an n), and they seem to work... pretty good with limitations.
main limitation. I dont know of ANY brand or standard (a,b,g,n... mimo or otherwise) that can reach 200 feet.... the wireless N routers or routers with MIMO are supposed to have the best range. but Cnet's tests say they get reeally slow at around the 160' mark. take into account walls, microwave, cordless phones, whatever gear your neighbors have... that figure can fall rapidly further...
what i've found. none of this stuff works ALL the time, sometimes i have to unplug-plugin my router to reset it and evrything gets going again. i live in a roughly 2000+ sq ft house. most of the time it says i have "very good" to "excellent" coverage anywhere in the house. but sometimes it conks out.
im looking into upgrading soon from a Linksys WRT54G to a Linksys WRT350N for the extended range/speed. its a bit expensive but hopefully worth it.
AS FOR A RECOMMENDATION.
you sound like you want something realllly simple.
D-Link's "Rangebooster G Wireless Router"
seems to be a good deal at circuit city.
unless you prefer to "walk in, walk out" of a brick and mortar store with your purchase... i ALWAYS look at Amazon.com first... usually no tax, free shipping. and if that isnt enough, usually their prices are actually better than CC and best buy (even befooore the no tax/free shipping!!!) and they are a reputable store.
the router im looking at is 163.99 on amazon, no tax free shipping. its 179.99 at circuit city plus tax, and i actually have to drive to the store and deal with the pimply-faced teenagers they call store-reps to get it..... no brainer for me.
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