A colleague of mine owns an HP Pavillion ZE5700 notebook PC. She would like to know if she can install a wireless card. Does anyone have any experience with this? So far, a Web search has only yielded the following document:
is a review of this notebook. It says that there was a "FREE UPGRADE TO 54g(TM) Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN", which was likely to be a BCM4318. If hers doesn't contain that card, I would suggest getting a PCMCIA 802.11G card from E-Bay. They are considerably easier to install than the mini-PCI version would be.
Daave, is she looking for a wireless nic or wireless internet? If wireless nic then any pcmica or usb will work, but only if she is in a hot wifi spot that she has rights to join ( etc; office, home, wifi cafe). If she wants wireless anywhere internet, then she should check with Sprint or Verision for a cell PCMICA card or USB as they offer unlimited broadband access for about $60 to $70 a month. I am on Sprint with a Pantech PCMICA card. And a Dlink N DWA- 142 USB for my personal wireless network.
The Pavilion has Firewire, Hardwired Lan, Wireless G or B, and Infered connections built in ( Mine is Pavilion ze5000 /w wireless B)
I believe she's interested in a wireless NIC so when she travels, she may use her notebook to go online at hotels and wifi cafes.
I walked her through determining if a wireless card is installed by looking at Device Manager | Network Adapters, and the only item listed was the regular NIC. Do *all* Pavilions have wireless (G or B) connections built in? If so, shouldn't this show up under Network Adapters? So far, from what I understand, she'll need to purchase something like a PCMCIA 802.11G card. But are there other options?
As I wrote earlier, the HP web pile says that the wireless adapter was optional on that model.
She could add the mini-PCI cardto the computer, but that would require some disassembly. A PCMCIA card would be easiest. E-bay lists 114 entries for a Linksys WPC54G at varying prices, including a "but it now" entry for $25 plus $8 shipping. I have used these cards for several years and have been very pleased with them. Another option would be a USB dongle as long as that laptop has USB 2.0 capability.
Physically, it just plugs into the PCMCIA slot. The Linksys software consisting of a Windows driver and the configuration utility should come with the device. If not, it can be downloaded from the Linksys web site. I'm not sure, but I think that Windows XP SP2 has the driver built in, and no Linksys software will be needed.