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Best USB wireless adapter for Puppy 5.28?
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2012, 19:16    Post_subject:  Best USB wireless adapter for Puppy 5.28?  

In my ongoing saga of trying to get an old Gateway laptop to connect to my wireless router...

Got some good info here on a Pup-friendly PCMCIA adapter. Bought one, only to find that what looked like a PCMCIA slot on this lappie is some $#@! later version plugin slot that's only half as deep, and has a different connector. It's exactly the same width as a PCMCIA card - which is what fooled me.

So I'm now looking for a USB to wireless adapter, that is known to give joy using Puppy 5.28. Can anyone help me out? Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Feb 2012, 13:57    Post_subject:  

Can you post your PC spec as you seem to be suffering from label abuse

There are 2 types of slot for PC cards, - conventionally called PCMCIA type slots,

PCMCIA 16 bit, and 32 bit, though mainly 16 bit
CARDBUS 32 bit [these are generally mis-referred to as PCMCIA]

Cardbus cards will NOT fit a PCMCIA slot, but PCMCIA WILL fit Cardbus slots, as the 32 bit cards have different pinouts, with 1 pin blanked to prevent insertion as Cardbus cards are a different voltage, [3.3v instead of 5v for PCMCIA] and have dma/bus mastering capability

There are also type 1, type 11 and type 111, cards in PCMCIA which are different height, but the same width/length and 68 pin pinouts
Type 11 is most common

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_Card

There are PCMCIA to usb adapters which will work with most 54m 802.11a/b/g usb devices like wifi dongles, but not n type, in my experience, and some are only USB 1.1

Also you may be able to get a PCMCIA, [NOT cardbus type], wireless card on ebay or cragslist - early 802.11b devices were often PCMCIA 16 bit types, but are a bit slower at 11mb/s as opposed to 54mb/s

example http://tinyurl.com/7wuhdfg

also look for senao or prism wireless cards

RE: USB wifi there are too many to list



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