Re: pcmcia ethernet cards
I'm using a Netgear FA-410 that I accidentally bought for an old
company. Strangely enough, it's 10/100, none of the dongles have broken
(4 out of 4 in a year), it's supported by pcnet_cs, and seems to be
pretty nice. I use it all over, and it has never compained. Works in
slink and potato.
And it costs less than half of the 3com cards. Cheaper, even than a 3com
replacement dongle (paid $70 for it a while back)
> > Hi,
> > I should be getting DSL service in a few weeks so I
> > need to get an Ethernet pcmcia card for my Dell
> > Inspiron 7000. Are there any pcmcia ethernet cards
> > particularly recommended?
> I use a Dlink that has been supported for a long time - it
> has been reliable (even under adverse hub conditions) and
> its cord has not been fragile as certain others have.
> "Certain others" having been 3com cards. After a colleague
> told me he had broken 4 cords in the previous 6 months, I
> wondered if he had a run of bad luck, but others in the office
> reported the cords as fragile also. (You can guess, I suggested
> we change the standard issue PCMCIA ethercards) Cords can be
> about half as expensive as the whole card, so fragile cords
> can really rack up the price for some manufacturers.
> > Should I get or avoid a
> > cardbus card?
> If you are hoping to use it in more than one laptop, you should
> *not* get the latest/greatest, because there are not just cardbus, but
> now there is some extension to the standard (called ?? I forget)
> which produces a little more power...
> Such cards can be more featureful, but can also fry both the card
> and a laptop's card-bridge if plugged into an old enough laptop. Brrr.
> My information was from a recent print article on the subject -- sorry
> I can't recall which, but it's one of the laptopper magazines.
> > Does anyone have experience with cards
> > that are ethernet + 56k modems? Are there any problems
> > using 2 ethernet cards in one machine, i.e., will the
> > card + wires both fit?
> I have successfully used more than one ethercard - though they have
> flat specialty cords, not xjacks or in-card ports. The placement of
> an xjack may cause it to not be shareable with all things, and an in-card
> cord port is tall, so would force it to be type III even if the firmware
> doesn't require that.
> > I'm planning the following setup:
> > - Dell Inspiron 7000, running Debian w/ firewall
> > options compiled into the kernel as the "permanently"
> > connected machine.
> > - On occassion, a second laptop will be networked with
> > the Dell, so it can also use the DSL connection [it
> > runs Windows 95].
> > - Rarely I'll need to bring the Dell with me places
> > and I'll want to use a modem.
> > With this in mind I think I may need 3 cards (please
> > correct me if I'm wrong -- I have never setup a
> > network before). One card for the DSL-Dell connection,
> > 2 cards for the PC-PC connection [one each]. And I
> > guess one of the three card should be an ethernet +
> > modem. Obviously, this means 2 cards in the Dell.
> > Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
> > Richard
> If you get a card type which the Dell and your MSwin box are
> both happy with, which uses flatcords and therefore is happy
> to be type II slot friendly, you'll be happiest.
> If one of the cards in the Dell is for connecting to the DSL,
> when you're one the road you won't need that because the modem
> will be serving the same purpose (outside world connectivity).
> So, that could be one dual-natured card, or you can simply get
> 3 of the ethercard, and one plain modem. For a total of:
> DELL - slot 0 (ether and/or modem)
> slot 1 (ether to speak w/mswin-top)
> mswin-top - slot 0 (ether to speak w/DELL)
> plus one cross-connect cord.
> You didn't mention if your DSL codec also doubles as an etherhub.
> Most don't, though my Trancell does.
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