I've hard-wired my home (4 computers) with CAT5e and now need a wireless access point for a new laptop. Half the time the laptop will be hard-wired as well. The rest of the time it will be moving around the upstairs.
The optimal location is between the kitchen and dining area (vaulted ceilings and good range <30' to the bedrooms.) The problem with this is it will be about 10' from a microwave and cordless phone base (2.4GHz.)
How much interference can I expect from these two appliances? Also, if somone is moving around with a cordless phone, will the signal drop if the phone moves between the laptop and the router? Would I be better off placing two separate access points at opposite ends of the house?
I have hardwood and tiled floors so the access point can't go downstairs.
I'm considering a Linksys WAP54G. Does anyone have any comments (positive or negative) about its performance?