Wireless network

  gippingman 14:40 13 Feb 07
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I curently have a Wireless Network via Linksys WAG54GS-UK Wireless G running on an XP pc and two xp laptops. I am now about to get an older laptop (poss Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600) and I understand that I need to purchase either a PCMCIA CARD (assuming that is the same as a PC card - the laptop says PC card slot type 11- is it one and the same?) or a USB adaptor.

Is it the spec of the laptop that resticts whether I get a "b" or "g" card/adaptor or if I am currently running on "g" equipment/network now, will the older notebook run on "g" equpiment/network automatically if i purchase compatable equpment

  mgmcc 18:05 13 Feb 07

The Type II "PC Card" slot should take either the older 16-bit PCMCIA cards or 32-bit CardBus cards. For Wireless Networking, the laptop will need to be running 98SE or later.

If considering an 802.11g USB adapter, be aware that a USB 1.1 port will limit its performance to the 12Mbps speed supported by USB 1.1

<<< Is it the spec of the laptop that resticts whether I get a "b" or "g" card/adaptor or if I am currently running on "g" equipment/network now >>>

If you install a "g" WiFi adapter, it will perform in accordance with the 802.11g networking protocol - generally connecting at 54Mbps in an "Infrastructure" network and at 11Mbps in an "Ad Hoc" network.

  gippingman 17:24 18 Feb 07

thanks - how do i know what is an older 16 bit
pcmcia card ?

I was thinking of the following card - Linksys WPC54G Wireless/WiFi Laptop PCMCIA Card - anyone know if that is a compatible type card assuming I run W98 se or later?

  Ashrich 22:53 18 Feb 07

Laptop should be Ok , I've just wireless enabled an Armada E500 with a PC Card adapter ( DWL-G650+ ) and it works fine , but Windows 98se , although it supports wireless , is flaky at best , I ended up putting Win2000 on instead , with sp4 , and it was much better .

Ashley

  Ashrich 22:55 18 Feb 07

Forgot to add , the availability of drivers for the operating system is what decides whether you use 802.11b or 802.11g

Ashley

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