I have went through a few Linksys routers (the thin ones) & the wireless has went out one both a few months from purchase date. Netgears done this also, so just wondering what is a great brand with a good $? Just gaming & surfing really so no special needs. Their is a nettalk hooked up to a wifi to Ethernet adapter maybe 50ish feet from this room downstairs.
50 feet can be a long distance for wireless depending on the building materials and interference sources. Your routers should last for at least a few years minimum unless they are tightly enclosed and run hot always.
One of the best N wireless routers (ASUS RT-N56U) is on sale HERE.