Wireless network (What works?)

By pioneerx01 ยท 6 replies
Aug 18, 2006
  1. This is odd post...
    What would be a good pcmic for my laptop? Does anyone know if there are such cards that when you insert them in the slot they do not stick out, (or just little?)?

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Define "just a little :) Mind you, the bits that stick out are the antenna and they are necessary if you want a decent signal.

    There are PCMCIA wifi cards that fit completely in the PCMCIA slot, but you have to use an external antenna
  3. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 277

    Well, I am looking to buy a card and I have Netgear card on the top of my list. However It will stick out about 1 inch +. Is there one that is only like 1/2 to none? I know the antena is necesary, but must it be over inch wide?
  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Dlinks got some that have internal antennas as opposed to the external ones (i think it was the DW-630 or something like that) but it still sticks out a bit 1/2 inch? (from the tip of your index finger to the 1st knuckle). There are some netgear ones that are similar...

    Although i have a feeling we might be talking about the same thing you're telling us about....
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    I imagine that about an inch is pretty much the minimum to make sure your card doesn't get eclipsed by the metal frame of the computer or the PCMCIA assembly.

    3com makes wireless cards with the so-called XJACK antennas - you can push the antenna in the card when you are offline so the thing is level with the edge of PCMCIA slot.
  6. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 277

  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    This is one of them. 3com has a whole product range.. You can check their homepage.
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