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    PCMCIA LAN Cards...

    Hi,

    Q1: Pls. can you advise me on the best?
    Q2: Where can I get technical reviews which compare them?
    Q3: Have you heard of the Edimax Model # eb-4103 - how good is it?

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    Re: PCMCIA LAN Cards...

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    Re: PCMCIA LAN Cards...

    Personally, I'd stay away from anything with a connector like those on the 3Com and on the Belkin. The last place where I worked, we were replacing these delicate little connectors almost weekly with some users, through no fault of their own.

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    Re: PCMCIA LAN Cards...

    My only suggestion, since Xircom seems to have dropped out of the market, is to make sure the card can connect directly to your prefered network fly-leads. Avoid anything with a dongle-style adapter. They are forever getting lost in transit.
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    Re: PCMCIA LAN Cards...

    Since our workforce has ALSO had trouble with breakage on the delicate connectors, I've had great success with Linksys. I've used both the combo and the lan only cards and never had a problem or failure. Many of my co-workers don't like 'em because of the bulk. You frequently have to remove the card to get your laptop in your carrying case. No big deal to me.....

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    Re: PCMCIA LAN Cards...

    I know 3Com used to (and may still) make NICs with their XJACK connector. This was a "spring loaded" piece that came out the end of the PCMCIA card with a finger push, and went back inside the card with another push. An example of this card can be found here.

    Some of the models also came with the dongle that everyone else here is complaining (IMO rightly) about.

    Also, there are some adapters, like the USB100M and the USB200M (USB 2.0), from Linksys, which are very small, and suitable for a laptop's network connection. I know an associate of mine at work purchased the USB100M for his laptop, and is very happy with it.
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    Re: PCMCIA LAN Cards...

    I used an XJack type connector for years without managing to snap it off, but I hear that people often do. Now why don't they just pop it all the way out and let it hang on the end of a little ribbon cable? I suppose people would rip that out, too... And did I mention how someone broke the USB port which connects directly to the motherboard? It's craziness out there!

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    Re: PCMCIA LAN Cards...

    So really, we just need to make everyone use an 802.11(x) wireless connection, built into their computer cases, so that they can't break off anything.

    Of course, that doesn't help when you drop your laptop from 30 metres up, out the window when your employer doesn't provide the same 802.11(x) access you require <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: PCMCIA LAN Cards...

    That scenario lends new meaning to "Um, my computer crashed..."

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