Apple Remote Desktop Experience Anyone?

So I’m trying to decide what my next Macintosh will be. Some swank powerbook this summer, cuz I love the new features (bluetooth, better airport, etc) or a new tower, because they are so fast.

The disadvantages to a tower, though, is that I’d have to sit at a desk, which I loathe when I am home. The couch is a much warmer, friendlier atmosphere!

So I was thinking about using a tower remotely via my current powerbook. A friend told me to check into Apple Remote Desktop. Has anyone had any experience using it over 802.11b? Is it fast?

I’d like to have a super fast tower with tons of disk space for compiling, video editing, etc. If I can do some of that work from the couch, even better!

If video playback was too slow (which I imagine it would be) I wonder if 802.11g would help? I could get some PCMCIA 802.11g card with an Airport Extreme basestation. That would solve my airport reception issues as well.

Then the only laptop issue would be integrated bluetooth. Maybe some enterprising company would ship a combo bluetooth/802.11g/802.11b PCMCIA card with OS X drivers 🙂

Thoughts?