I'm thinking of changing my internet access. I currently use dial up, in spite of the slow speed, for security reasons. Staurday night I was sent an e-mail saying my mother had been taken to the hospital and to call my sister right away. It turned out to be nothing but I don't want to take the risk. What is the best, stand alone access I can get. I was thinking a cable modem as my phone line has always been problematic. I think my best bet, if it's technically possible is to have a cable modem to a local wireless connection so either computer can be used anywhere in the house without wires.

Any technically savy people able to give me some advice? Method, firewalls and such.