Wireless/Net cards in laptop

  Jackcoms 13:07 23 Jun 05

OK, I know, I'm naive! But could somebody please explain exactly what the following are in my shiny new Dell laptop and what they do?

1394 Net Adapter.

Dell Wireless 1450 Dual Band WLAN mini PCI card.

  TomJerry 13:19 23 Jun 05

1394 Net Adapter is for Firewire (IEEE1394, I-Link) port, which is used to import digital videos. You can also use it for IPod and external HDD.

Dell Wireless 1450 Dual Band WLAN mini PCI card. It is for wireless network. That is to say, you can access Internet wirelessly when you close to a WiFi hotspot (you need to pay) or your next doors leave their Wireless access point open.

Dual band: there are diiferent frequency bands for WiFi connection, a, b and g. Dual bands are b and g, g faster than b.

  Jackcoms 14:22 23 Jun 05

Thanks very much for your in-depth answer.

It also explains why every time I fire up the lappie it, usually, tells me there is no wireless network available. Just occasionally it finds one and asks if I want to connect.

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