I have been installing the Netgear brand of N routers and out of 10 or so I have installed and setup they have been trouble free.
The two models I use most are the WNR 3500 rangemax and the WNR 3700. They both give you excellent speed and range. I think that is because they both have 8 internal antennas.
The 3700 is duel band and costs about $50.00 more. As far as speed and range I really can't see any difference in the two.
Does your laptop have a N nic card in it? If not your laptop will work fine with a N router, you just won't get the full benifits of the N card.
You can Google them to get more information and specs.
We're still using an older wireless-g router, and we'd like to upgrade to wireless-n (mostly for security reasons). We have a sort of atypical situation, in that we live in a rural area and our DSL doesn't go very fast--right now it's at 54mbps per second. So, we're not all that concerned about getting something very fast, but since we have a large house, and would like to even use the internet out on the deck, we'd like something with a long range. I've been reading reviews, but nothing seems to be just right for us. Any recommendations?