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'[BUY] Recommendations for an old cheap 802.11 card'
2007\09\26@171134 by James Newton

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My US Robotics PCMCIA 802.11 22Mpbs card for the laptop is going slowly
south. It now only works if I pull the case in certain directions and don't
shake it to much after it comes up.

I have very little money to spend on this (blown head gasket, hard drive
crash, homeowners insurance and loss of a consulting job so far this month)
and I don't need the latest and greatest, just something with about a 40
foot range and fair speed.

The laptop has a PCMCIA port on the left and USB in the back, but the USB is
often in use for other things.

Ebay and amazon have produced a bewildering array of models to choose from.
Any pointers to what has worked for you and what to avoid would be very
appreciated.

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James Newton

2007\09\26@172050 by Herbert Graf

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On Wed, 2007-09-26 at 14:11 -0700, James Newton wrote:
> My US Robotics PCMCIA 802.11 22Mpbs card for the laptop is going slowly
> south. It now only works if I pull the case in certain directions and don't
> shake it to much after it comes up.
>
> I have very little money to spend on this (blown head gasket, hard drive
> crash, homeowners insurance and loss of a consulting job so far this month)
> and I don't need the latest and greatest, just something with about a 40
> foot range and fair speed.
>
> The laptop has a PCMCIA port on the left and USB in the back, but the USB is
> often in use for other things.
>
> Ebay and amazon have produced a bewildering array of models to choose from.
> Any pointers to what has worked for you and what to avoid would be very
> appreciated.

IMHO 802.11 has become a commodity item, assuming you're not looking at
the latest and greatest, there really is very little to differentiate
between models (I'm talking 802.11b and 802.11g stuff).

As such, I just buy the cheapest I can find, regardless of brand.

There are stores in my area that sell them for around $20. TTYL

2007\09\26@172207 by Jon Philpott

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On 9/26/07, James Newton <spam_OUTjamesnewtonTakeThisOuTspammassmind.org> wrote:
> Ebay and amazon have produced a bewildering array of models to choose from.
> Any pointers to what has worked for you and what to avoid would be very
> appreciated.

I bought a linksys WUSB11 on ebay recently for $5.99:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Linksys-WUSB11-v4-v-4-USB-Wireless-Network-Adapter-New_W0QQitemZ280151621094QQihZ018QQcategoryZ45002QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

The price has gone up to $7.99 now though, still a pretty good deal.

Jon.

2007\09\26@173032 by Dario Greggio

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>>The laptop has a PCMCIA port on the left and USB in the back, but the USB is
>>often in use for other things.

I often suggested buy a PCMCIA-to-USB, helping in getting more USB ports
(and 2.0, important if they were not there before).

Me too, would suggest the cheapest USB dongles :)

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2007\09\26@173924 by Bob Blick

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For range and compatibility, you can't go wrong with
an old Proxim/Wavelan/Lucent/Orinoco Gold, or a Dell
Truemobile 1150.

They are all basically the same card. 802.11b.

Most have an antenna jack so you can add an external
antenna if you like.

They are PCMCIA, not Cardbus.

Cheerful regards,

Bob

2007\09\26@212951 by Richard Prosser

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James,I
've bought a coulple of PCMCIA cards off Trademe (NZ's EBay) recently.
Both cost $NZ10 and both work well with Windows.

The only comment I would have is that if you are looking at using them
with linux, then get well known, common brands. I have got the Belkin
card running fine but am having driver problems with the Nokia one.

RP

On 27/09/2007, Bob Blick <.....bbblickKILLspamspam@spam@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
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2007\09\30@191549 by Martin Klingensmith

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James,
Try Freecycle.

With that being said, I used a Orinoco Wavelan card for 3 years and it
worked fine. Should be cheaper than dirt.

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Martin K

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