Jake, although I know where you're coming from, how could you say no to wireless?
Finally there is actually an option to have nothing hanging out of your laptop, you're able to freely roam around your house and still be connected at teh same time...wireless has changed the way that i access the internet around my house, I can sit outside in my yard and use the computer now, you don't have this ethernet cable chained to you constantly
sure it may be a slower LAN but when do you ever use 11mbps? most people's broadband connection maxes out at 2mbps, and as with anything new there are always things to improve on, the next generation of wireless internet should fix all those security holes.
but back to the dropouts, shawguy mentioned the new wireless routers that have "enhanced speeds" and from what I understand its when someone in your neighbourhood transfers a large file, the router actually uses all the bandwidth of entire 2.4ghz spectrum and effectively blocks anyone else using it...so that's probably your dropout issue...
have you also tried doing a reset of the router? reset to factory defaults etc? it might also just be your router acting strange.