What is a good PCMCIA ethernet card?

What is a good PCMCIA ethernet card?

Post by Todd Richa » Wed, 20 Aug 2003 17:49:59



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The three makes associated with quality are 3Com, Intel (formally Xircom)
and Netgear. Buying any of these makes should mean maximum compatibility.
There are obviously generic noname alternatives and other players but these
are the big three.
 
 
 

What is a good PCMCIA ethernet card?

Post by Gary Tai » Thu, 21 Aug 2003 00:44:26

On Tue, 19 Aug 2003 08:49:59 +0000 (UTC), "Todd Richardson"





You might add Linksys, maybe D-link.
I have a Linksys, and other than a bit flakey adaptor, it works fine.

 
 
 

What is a good PCMCIA ethernet card?

Post by Jonathan K » Sat, 23 Aug 2003 14:34:39

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.

-Jonathan



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