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Yes, Microwaves DO operate on the same frequencies as wireless routers (well, B and G routers (2.4 Ghz)... A band is a different frequency range(5 Ghz)). That said, they're shielded so they shouldn't really affect the routers that much... In general, better microwaves may be shielded better.
Some routers have configuration settings for interference, and you can try changing the wireless channel.
In the US b/g routers can use channels 1-11, but there are only 3 truly usable channels that don't overlap (1, 6, 11) I think almost every home router defaults to channel 6, so there are a LOT of routers out there using that channel. Try using 1 or 11... this will most likely put you onto a frequency range that is less used by other routers, as well as moving you out of the center range of the 2.4 Ghz frequency range used by a lot of devices (microwaves, cordless phones, baby monitors, etc)
Of course, you can also go with an A band router... this puts you into a totally separate frequency range, as well as gives you 24 unique, non-overlapping channels.... but if your computer doesn't have a compatible wireless adapter already, you'll have to get one.
N routers bring a whole 'nother level to things.... N routers use either the b/g band or the a band... and they get their increased speed by using multiple channels to transmit/receive at one time... I'd recommend one that can use the A band here, as well, as there are more usable channels available in that band, as well as fewer people using it... you're a lot less likely to have interference.
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