The WRT54GL is a great router and if you look at puting a aftermarket firmware on it like Tomato or DD-WRT you'll have a really nice router.Thanks to all of you for the info especially enaberif for the your down to earth thoughts. I think with my budget it would be better to stick with the WRT54GL and see how I like it. Since its for a laptop and not my gaming rig it may be fine. Thanks again all for your help, very much appreciated.
I personally use Tomato at home and its awesome.