I may be buying a laptop in the near future and am interested to know how effective a wireless LAN would be in a home (as it would be nice to be able to move about the house with the laptop and stay connected the internet).
For the moment there's a simple wired network in place and I would attempt wireless I guess but just replacing the existing router with a wireless one (as an example of the router I would probably go for something like a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router which seems to be around £40-£50 - I'm open to suggestions on that really though).
I'm curious to find out how effective such a setup would be, specifically if the router and wireless would allow me roam around the house without loosing the connection.
So how far should I expect the router to push the signal. The house isn't massive but I'd want it to extend for a fair distance both along the ground and up into the air so it could be picked up on higher floors - the router would be placed on the ground floor (do things like walls and ceilings get in the way of the wireless signal).
Also should I expect the signal to degrade gracefully and would this simply mean I would get really poor speeds a short distance away from the router (and need to be sitting on top of it to get and solid connection).