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Author Topic: PCMCIA 10/100 Ethernet Adapter for older laptops  (Read 1296 times)

TLM

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PCMCIA 10/100 Ethernet Adapter for older laptops
« on: December 22, 2009, 12:34:02 am »

Hi,
I am putting VL6 Classic on several older laptops which do not have built in ethernet, so I am going to have to use cardbus adapters. Please bear in mind that I am referring to WIRED adapters. I have already found several wireless ones which work, but am now in need of WIRED adapter.

I am seeing a boat load of them on ebay from manufactueres such as 3com, Xircom, Linksys, Dynex, etc. Are pretty much all of these going to be compatible with Vector? Does anyone have any specific recommendations? I do not want to order a bunch of them and have them not compatible. Thanks in advance.
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nightflier

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Re: PCMCIA 10/100 Ethernet Adapter for older laptops
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009, 05:29:00 am »

You should be safe going with anything not brand new and from an established manufacturer. I like the Intel PRO line.

An internet search should quickly reveal if a card is likely to work or not:
http://www.linux.org/docs/ldp/howto/Hardware-HOWTO/pcmcia.html
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TLM

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Re: PCMCIA 10/100 Ethernet Adapter for older laptops
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009, 11:47:40 pm »

Thanks. I have had my eye on a batch of Xircom cards, and using the link you provided above in your post indicated that Xircom was, in fact, one of the companies who had actively assisted in the development of Linux and their cards appear to be supported. Also like you said, the majority of cards out there on ebay appear to be supported as well. Thanks again!
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