You missed out on prior discussions why no router stands out of the crowd for distance. Let's repeat it so you don't have to read it in another posting.
All the makers are using the same rules for power and bandwidth. This means that no router is much better than the next.
I own the wnr2000 as well as a few other models. It is possible to get more distance by using routers as a WAP. This is noted in this forums sticky post about post 18.
As to your speed loss it's usually minimal where the internet is concerned because most of us get 10 or so megabit internet connections. Even at losing 75 per cent of the wifi speed that's more than enough to run at top internet speed.
I have a cable modem for internet access. I use two laptops in the house. I would like to set up a Wireless Router BUT I would like for my parents to be able to use the Wi-Fi signal as well. The distance between our two houses is roughly 150ft. My folks use an older desk top computer. I was looking at buying two NetGear WNR2000v2. One to use with my cable modem as the "base" for the wifi and the other as a repeater placed in my parents house with an ethernet cable hooked into their desktop.(I am not sure if my parents computer has a wireless card so lets assume it doesn't) My questions are; is this the best set up? how much speed degredation should I expect? Will they get decent signal strength? Thank you for your recommendations! Heather