Re: what router??
I have a linksys wireless g router, the nice thing about it is, it has a built in 4 port switch as well so you can hook up wired network accessories too. d-link is also good. both are easy to set up, and easy to use, you could have your network up in less than 10 mins
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'