Need a wlan solution for old Pentium I PC

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A friend of mine has an old Pentium I 200Mhz PC with Win 98 SE that he
has asked me to connect to his existing WLAN.

The PC has no USB port.

I have tried to install a Topcom PCI card, but later learned that his PC
most probably only has support for PCI ver 2.1 (I think), and the Topcom
demanded PCI ver 2.2. It installed without any error messages, but never
worked (the green light on the card didn't light up, and the config
software never detected any signals).

I have now found another card, the CNet CNWL-311 802.11b.
The specs don't say anything about which version PCI it supports, but it
being a 802.11b and not g (as the Topcom) led me to assume that it might
support older PCI ports...

Does anyone know if the CNet CNWL-311 will work in an old Pentium I
200Mhz computer? (I'd hate to buy yet another card that doesn't work!)

Link to info about the card:
http://www.cnet.com.tw/product/cnwl-311.htm

Any tips on other cards that will work are also appreciated!

Thanks,
Christopher


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Re: Need a wlan solution for old Pentium I PC


Christopher Grenness wrote:
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Haven't run into that, but there are quite a few cards out there that only
support verions of windows *other* than win 98... The card you are looking
at, doesn't seem to have that problem.... Software Support . MS Windows
98SE/ME/2000/XP
Not sure what model card you have, but I did a search for it, and the one
that popped up said: Wireless speed: up to 54 Mbps ... ME / 2000 / XP
Notice no Windows 98SE....




Re: Need a wlan solution for old Pentium I PC


Christopher Grenness wrote:

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Here's what I use on my P1/200 mHz + Win98se:

http://usa.asus.com/products/communication/wireless/wl-330g/overview.HTM

No driver, no problems.

Roby


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Chris , TWO Options:

option 1:
looks like you need an old card, try getting an ISA type or ISA PCMCIA, then
utilise a PCMCIA card to plug into it (pref older 16bit type)

I too found that 200Mhz CPU is NOT good (FAST) enough for PCI types :S

option 2:

Buy a faster computer.....


HubSwitch


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Hmm.  How about getting a cheap USB PCI card for the PC and an external USB
wireless adapter?   A small external USB wireless adapter would probably
give more re-usability, should your friend ever want to use it with another
computer.  Plus, its just a simple and easy convienent device.  Wouldn't
mind having one myself, even.  A while back, I read about one of these
animals that also has "onboard software" that run from the host PC.  Pretty
cool, just plug n' play into an USB port.  No need for software/drivers on
the host PC, everything was available right from the adapter.  It was costly
though, like $180.  External USB adapter without the "integrated software"
are much cheaper.  (Or, for all I know, maybe all of them are doing the
integrating thing now.  Haven't read about them for a while.)

If you get a USB PCI card that is just 1.0 (they can be found cheap), I
wouldn't worry about a wireless adapter that can do anything more than
standard 802.11b (11 MBS).  USB 1.0 tops out at 12 MBS anyway.  If all your
friend is wanting to do is interneting, thats more than efficient.  If
he/she is planning to use the computer as a fileserving dumb box (old
computers are great for that!), then may want to consider USB 2.0 along with
802.11g/b, etc...







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Eras wrote:
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Thanks, I hadn't thought of that option. I even have an Asus wl-330 (b,
not g) and an old USB PCI card (moat likely a USB 1.1, not demanding PCI
2.2), so I'll try to combine the two...

/Christopher

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