my wife wants to set up a wireless network for my comp to hers. i have no idea where to start. we would like to stay under $150 for everything if possible. we are both running xp home and her comp will be about 10ft away. i am also on cable.
This article should be simple enough to understand, and it should tell you pretty much all you need to know.
I have had both Netgear and D-Link routers, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of them - they've both been solid, reliable devices. Shop around online. I'm sure you'll be able to get the wireless router and the two wireless cards for under $150.
Get a wireless router and 2 PCI cards. A kit would be simplest and should have all the cables a router and 2 PCI cards. Get ones that say "G" standard. B is slower and less robust security. The only problem is getting through walls with wires and pipes and airconditioning ducts in them.
Dlink or Linksys are fine.
Look for a sale at best buy or compusa. Total price should not be over $100 and you may get lucky and come in for under $80.
If you don't like the one you get return it and try another.
Setup should be trivial. Use the wizard.
PS If you don't have a best buy or compusa use www.newegg.com. But returns becomes a pain with mail order.