I have a Linksys WRT54GS. I used to have a 54G, but i saw a chance to upgrade (parents needed wireless in thier home) and did so. Both of them worked flawlessly. I am running modified (Sveasoft
) firmware on both of them and I have the range extenders on my GS. The modified firmware allows you to boost the power going to the antennas. I can be outside up to 150 ft from my router before things start to get too much noise and I am alittle over double of the stock voltage (stock is 28mV and I'm running 75mV with the capability of 251mV, but with more voltage you get more noise and a narrower beam). I have also been in my basement with no problems getting a signal. I have even been outside diagnosing problems with one of my vehicles or friends vehicles with my autotap and been able to post online from inside the car - very nice!
Right now, the WRT54GS isn't all that expensive. I have considered wiring up a mesh network to get full speed everywhere in my apartment, but as it is, I still get 2,000kbps through my network even at the extremes of its reach (anything less than 200kps on my network is where I draw the line for usable distance - measured with a 1MB file).
All of that said, there'* something to be said about being able to browse the forums from your favorite recliner in the living room while drinking a beer and watching football/racing/etc!!!