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Fitting a laptop PCI wireless card and antenna - advice?


Midlander1066

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Hi forum,

I have a fairly oldish IBM Thinkpad R32 laptop - but it does what I need it to do...except...

I would like to fit a wireless card under the panel on the bottom of the laptop.

It looks like a mini PCI slot to me.

However, I've had a look and I can't see any antennas to attach to the wireless card....so I guess I need to fit an antenna in the case too.

Does anybody know what sort of Antenna and card I should get? And if so where I can buy one from?

Will any mini PCI wireless card and antenna do?

Any advice hugely appreciated.

Thanks! :-)

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Strawballs

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I don't know about antenna but Try here for the cards

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Woolwell

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Might be easier to use a wireless usb adaptor.

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Taff™

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The antenna on most laptops is in the lid which means you have to remove the entire lid, hinge assembly and screen bezel. The wires from the antenna then run down via the hinges (As does the screen connections) and along channels to the Wireless card. A lot of hassle and the cost of doing all this would be more than buying a wireless USB adaptor as Woolwell suggests.

These days you can get very small one's such as this Edimax WiFi dongle for less than a tenner. It will stay in the computer pretty unobtrusively and the only downside is that it will occupy a USB slot almost permanently.

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