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    Ethernet pcmcia Card

    I have an older MAGITRONIC laptop computer (133 mhz, 24 mb ram) which has been given to me. I would like to connect it to my cable internet connection. I presume I need a ethernet pcmcia card - but can anyone tell me what to be looking for? Do the cards come with drivers? I am running WIN 98 SE. Where is the best place to buy one? I have found some in the $30 range - is that reasonable? Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Ethernet pcmcia Card

    There are many brands of PCMCIA Ethernet cards. See if you can locate a 10/100 card, some also include a modem port. They all come with drivers, just make sure the box plainly states that it supports Windows 98.

    As to where, that's subjective - use your judgement. $30 bucks is pretty cheap - I have a NetGear FA510 in my notebook, which I don't like much - it doesn't detect the speed of my home network and thus can't use the broadband connection there, but it's fine in the office. Oh well, one more reason not to take work home. THAT is a driver issue. For my money, or my employer's even <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I would get a 3Com or LinkSys card. Stick with a known name brand; off-brand adapters will nearly always cause you problems down the road and traditionally have shoddy driver and technical support.

    Poor support is also another reason I avoid NetGear as a rule - one bad experience, OK, but I've had trouble with their support more than once, and that's not excusable. Thus I let them know what I think with my checkbook. I'd be willing to bet, though, that there are at least two people who have had nothing but joy with NetGear for every disappointment I've experienced. Just remember that brand loyalty is like religion and politics, and everyone has their own opinion on all of the above. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Ethernet pcmcia Card

    I'm a big fan of Linksys products. That said here's a link just to show you an example of one I have in use, in the $30 range. I also have one with the modem and ethernet and its price is slightly over $100. A lot of people don't like this type of card because of the "fat stub" that sticks out, but for my money, it beats having to keep up with (or breaking!) those dadburned little dongles! I'm not pushing Buy.Com either. I just grabbed the first example I could find in the $30 range.

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