Just thought I'd let those who are interested know what I bought.
I got a 3Com model 3CXFE575BT. It has an X-Jack. It is not the latest model,
it is next to latest. It was discontinued about a year ago. The latest model
(3CXFE575CT) was about CND$150.00. The one I got was only CND$40.00. Does
anyone know how these cards compare performance wise? A didn't find any
information to indicate that the new card was any faster.
I went with 3Com because it seemed that everyone agreed that they were good
cards and everyone suggested them as one of the top brands. With the others,
Xircom, Netgear, Lynksys, d-link, it was less clear. Not everyone suggested
them and some had negative comments about them. Also, I read a couple of
comments that the 3Com cards use less of the main CPU resources then other
cards (I think on Epinions). I guess they are a more efficient design, doing
some of the data processing on the card itself. Something like this.
I went with the X-Jack because I want to keep the second PCMCIA slot free. I
am thinking I might get a WiFi card and it didn't seem right to have to
switch cards back and forth. I wanted everything installed. But in
hind-sight I might be swapping them anyhow beacause I was told the WiFi
cards protrude from the slot, which will interfere with connecting to the
x-jack when I am on ethernet. Oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to
it. Dongles were out once I found out that they can break, perhaps even more
easilly then the X-jacks.