Originally Posted by ADS
Alternatively, buy a wireless card for your lap top and drive very slowly around your area and see who hasn't bothered to encrypt their wireless network. £0.00 a month and unlimited downloads
If you're lucky you may not even have to move from your chair - discreetly ask your neighbours if they use wireless broadband!
Serious point though - make sure you
1. Change the default user names and passwords on the router and write them in the user guide
2. Set up the WEP or WPA encryption system that comes with all of them these days
I use a KCorp Gold wireless router with a card in a PC two rooms with brick walls and a floor away with no problem. Review here
doesn't have a modem built-in but your service provider may well throw one in. Not one of the big names, but well-rated.
If you want to use a wireless router pretty well anywhere round the house, try mounting it in the hallway/landing somewhere for max coverage.
Note that for many of the high-speed routers you are recommended to use their related cards due to proprietary add-ins to get the speed boost. They will usually work with third-party cards, but not at the max speed. Lots of them come in value bundles anyway though.
I've heard of a few people having problems with Bulldog and Virgin broadband but the problem is you can never really tell if these are going to be sporadic or on-going problems. For example, you're just as likely to get speed issues if there's lots of people locally on broadband at the same time.
I'm guessing you can probably find sites that show the relative reliability/speed of of the ISPs
One final tip - when you first set up the router, do it using a PC with a network cable so at least you're not guessing if the connection is working.