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The router was a cleaner solution. Rather than mess up my walls and spend hours pulling cables or pay an electrician lots of money, I decided to use wireless. A type of wireless system that is becoming very popular is called I got to try using that type of system at the PC Forum and Agenda conferences, and saw at Fall Comdex that it is becoming a standard of AST PCMCIA Lan Adapter 10Base T all over the place in business, education, and the home. Walt Mossberg recommended it in one of his columns. Microsoft and Mobilestar are putting it in Starbucks.

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Wayport is putting it in airport lounges and hotels around the USA. I decided to buy equipment that conformed to that standard.


It's just the name of a particular specification for wireless networking from a group that likes to use numbers for names, the IEEE Standards Association. They have lots of specifications with numbers for names.

Within that, " To learn more about That Alliance is trying to get the name Wi-Fi accepted as a common term for The wireless access point connects to your LAN like any other device and then lets any computer connected to it wirelessly act as if it were on the same LAN. You can buy combined wireless access points and routers but I decided to buy two independent units so I could temporarily use the wireless access point elsewhere if I needed it by AST PCMCIA Lan Adapter 10Base T.

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You configure the settings in the unit by either connecting a computer to it with a USB connector some other vendors use serial or on the local LAN with a utility they give you. The default configuration worked fine, though I ended up making some modifications to make the system more secure. This can be most any name or you can keep the default on mine, that default was "linksys" -- surprise! In my unit AST PCMCIA Lan Adapter 10Base T type in a phrase and it uses that to give you a series of hex digits that make up the key. It took one minute to configure. Wireless Adapter To connect AST PCMCIA Lan Adapter 10Base T, your PC or laptop needs a wireless adapter.


It has an antenna that sticks out: You install the PC card like any other PC card. It needs a driver. In this case after I got the LAN set up I downloaded the latest drivers and firmware for the card from 3Com's web site and upgraded my system. My card was almost a year old and didn't support WEP until I upgraded. You shouldn't need to upgrade with a new card. That's it. Everything else seems to just work.

My PC card comes with some utilities, such as one that displays the signal strength in real time. Here is a picture of that utility at one point when the signal wasn't so good and it automatically slowed down to 5. Next to it is a picture I took outside when I carried my laptop over feet away from my house the wireless access point is next to an outside wall, inside the house. You can see CNet on the screen this wireless stuff really does work! There are adapters for desktop PCs that let you use the wireless PC cards.

You plug the adapter boards into a PCI slot AST PCMCIA Lan Adapter 10Base T then plug the same type of card you use on a laptop into that board.

Realities of wireless While it all generally works, you have to remember that this is wireless, just like cell phones, walkie talkies, etc Line-of-sight outdoors can work quite a distance, but indoors, with walls and electrical devices, you get more interference and much less obvious coverage patterns. For example, the area on the other side of the wall behind my oven is a dead zone, just 10 AST PCMCIA Lan Adapter 10Base T from where I type this with OK reception. Also, other 2. Periodically I have to click on a link a second time, more than I think I used to. I haven't optimized the location of my wireless access point yet.

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Higher is better I hear. Still, it is pretty useful.


I love checking email along with the newspaper at breakfast without any wires. When I see something I need to print out, I just click on "Print" and soon I hear the faint sounds of the printer in the other room on another PC doing its thing. Device Type: Network adapter - 1 ports. eBay! 3Com Etherlink III LAN PC Card 10base-t AST PCMCIA Lan Adapter 10Base T 3cb-tp Network Adapter. Condition:. Note: Within the last few years USPS shipping prices has gone up twice considerably. Note: We do. Results 49 - 96 of - B - Phoebe 10/ Ethernet (includes dongle) (Working when last used). Dell TrueMobile 11Mbps Wireless LAN Adapter PCMCIA PC Card 3com 3CC Etherlink III LAN PC Card for 10BASE-T and Coaxial.

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