1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Need a new NIC card.

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by jamesA, May 28, 2007.

  1. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    That supports both wireless and wired connections. My laptops current NIC sucks cock worse than Paris Hilton.

    My wireless doesn't work at all, and if I move my laptop it disconnects my cable until i fudge around with it.

    I have a *cough* Dell Inspiron 2200.

    Any suggestions? I've searched endlessly for notbook NICs, but can't seem to find any.
     
  2. TommyTheCat

    TommyTheCat Gonzo Scientist

    Messages:
    1,248
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2002
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    As Colbert would say: "Wireless or Wired - Pick a side, we're at war"

    I don't think you can get both in one device/card.
     
  3. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    uh... I have both in one card right now.
     
  4. endlesszeal

    endlesszeal Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,670
    Likes Received:
    35
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2002
    I would suggest getting the same maker as the router you're using to make it easier for compatibility.

    And, why would you want both? I think a LAN is useless on laptops because most laptops are meant for mobile use and the LAN hardly gets any usage.

    I can see two scenarios 1)No WLAN avaliable 2)Gaming laptop.
     
  5. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    My laptop is used for both work and play.

    If I'm at home I plug it in to get my 100 Mbps. If i'm out and about and I find a wireless spot I like to get on to check in with our office manager, or surf the web while I'm waiting for something to do. If I go on long trips it's useful to look up mapquest in a parking lot also.

    I need em both.


    My router is one that Verizon gave us.
     
  6. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    So any other suggestions other than how a LAN connection is useless on a laptop?
     
  7. Battle Pope

    Battle Pope New Member

    Messages:
    10,279
    Likes Received:
    60
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2004
    Location:
    Southern Oregon Coast
    The main advantage to that 100 Mbit connection is eliminated by the fact that your internet connection likely isn't nearly that fast. The only time you'll see any true benefit to a LAN connection that fast is if you're moving large files across a network a lot which I doubt you do. Just get a router with a Wireless Access Point built in, and a cheap wireless card for your laptop. Both can be had fairly cheap these days. If you don't want to spring for an actual card for the laptop, there's also USB wireless adapters you can buy.

    Newegg.com - LINKSYS WRT54GL IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless-G Broadband Router - Retail - Wireless Router with excellent reviews and decently priced.

    Newegg.com - LINKSYS WPC55AG 802.11a/b/g Dual Band Wireless LAN PCMCIA Card - Retail - Good PCMCIA card.

    Customer Reviews Of TRENDnet TEW-429UB USB 2.0, 1.1 Compliant Wireless Adapter with HotSpot Detector - Retail - Decent USB device, has a built-in hotspot detector that tells you if the access point has security. Might be useful since you said you use hotspots some.
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2007
  8. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    I realize that it's limited, but I'm also on 15 mbps/down FiOS.

    Anyway. Thank you for the links.
     
  9. Battle Pope

    Battle Pope New Member

    Messages:
    10,279
    Likes Received:
    60
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2004
    Location:
    Southern Oregon Coast
    I did a little more poking around on newegg but I didn't see anything that has both Wireless and Ethernet. I bet it would be a hundred bucks or more though.

    What I bet you could do is run a PCMCIA Ethernet card and then just get a USB wireless adapter and only use the USB one when you want a wireless connection. That would be a lot easier than finding one PCMCIA card that does both, I bet.
     
  10. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Thats what I was thinking after trying to find a replacement internal NIC for my laptop over the past week.

    Dell... blah. My laptop is a year and a half old. 40 bucks for a 2 year warrenty that I didn't want to finance into it... POS Dell.
     
  11. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    I can hear B now

    *guitar strumming in background*


    "told you so"
     
  12. GSRCRXsi

    GSRCRXsi Super Moderator Moderator VIP

    Messages:
    9,622
    Likes Received:
    345
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2002
    Location:
    MD
    in all likely hood the ethernet port and networking components are built into your motherboard and cant be replaced.

    the wireless (if its built into the laptop) probably connects via a mini-PCI slot on the MB, which can be replaced if needed.

    so no, the wired and wireless are not together, they are seperate
     
  13. TurboMirage

    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

    Messages:
    24,577
    Likes Received:
    696
    Joined:
    May 20, 2003
    Location:
    Central, MA
    so, you need a network interface card card?
     
  14. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Soon as I submitted my thread I knew someone would mention that.

    NICard
     
  15. Sabz5150

    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

    Messages:
    3,335
    Likes Received:
    41
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2003
    Find yourself a miniPCI card with an Atheros chipset.

    Those cards are... neat.
     
  16. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

    Messages:
    49,693
    Likes Received:
    53
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2002
    Location:
    Retirement Home
    :D :D:D:D
     
  17. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    I said fuck it all and went to Best Buy. Picked up two Belkin 56g USB wireless adapters. One for the laptop, one for the desktop also.

    For 30 bucks each, can't go wrong. :thumbsup:
     
  18. Sabz5150

    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

    Messages:
    3,335
    Likes Received:
    41
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2003
    Model number?
     
  19. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    I have no idea, it's a Wireless G USB Network Adapter.

    Pic;
    [​IMG]
     
  20. YouKnowWhoIBee

    YouKnowWhoIBee my avatar is better.

    Messages:
    2,257
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2003
    Location:
    Maryland
    There is a guy selling better ones on Hondatech for 10 each :) So yeah.. .you can go wrong.
     
Verification:
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page