HELP PLEASE- advice needed on pc cards to use with WRT54G

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by katie0007, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. katie0007

    katie0007 Network Guru Member

    im planning on buying a WRT54G router to go in my student house. my main issue is that the linksys notebook adapters/ PCI cards etc are quite expensive and being a student, money is quite a big issue in this as we need several of them!

    could anyone recommend any good adapters for laptops that arent too pricey or is it better to stick with the linksys ones? i have very limited experience with this kind of thing so i need quite a straight forward solution!

    we have one pc that we were hoping to connect wired to the router, then 4 laptops that need connecting. 1 has wifi enabled, the others are quite old.

    any advice would be very helpful (you can probably tell im new to all this!)
  2. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    I am not really sure which brands this would include, but try and find cards based upon a broadcom chip, because that is what the WRT54G uses.
  3. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Network Guru Member

    A first question to ask is do any of the laptops have ethernet connections ? It may be possible to directly wire them to one of the four LAN connections on the WRT54G if distance is not an issue.

    If that is not possible you can either use USB or PCMCIA network adapters in the laptops. The WRT54G is Wifi compliant so almost any network adapter should be fine. PCMCIA cards are less expensive, starting at about £11 (in the UK) for a cheap and cheerful Safecom SWLC-54108 at Ebuyer moving up to £25 for a Linksys WPC54G.

    But it is probably the easier to connect a USB adapter and these are about £20 with a Linksys WUSG54G at £25. Personally I prefer USB type since you can position the dongle bit to gain the best signal strength.

    However since you said the laptops are quite old, you should check if the USB ports are USB2. If not then the maximum wireless speed would be restricted to 11Mbs and the PCMCIA option is better.
  4. katie0007

    katie0007 Network Guru Member

    thank you thats a great help. i'll have a browse around and see what i can find!
  5. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Network Guru Member

    And I should add that naturally you can mix & match between the pc's. One pc could have a PCMCIA card and another a USB dongle.

    Even if a pc has an older USB1 port, you can still connect a faster USB2 wireless dongle, it will just run at the slower USB1 rate of 11Mb. In regular day-to-day usage there is often not much difference between an 11Mb & 54Mb wireless network anyway and surfing the internet is no different as you are constrained by your ISP connection which generally runs at 512K, 1Mb or 2Mb.
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