Minimum Processor Speed for 802.11g

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godcan

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I am in the process of purchasing a 802.11g wireless network for my two computers at home. One is an old 233 mhz machine with Win 98. I was looking at a PCI card on eBay and that particular card had a 300 mhz MINIMUM processor speed specification. Others I have seen haven't made mention of a minimum processor speed. Will I have a problem getting a 802.11g PCI card to work on the 233 mhz machine?

Also, is there differences between 802.11g cards? Seems the brand name translates into a significant price difference on eBay. Any thoughts or recommendations in this area?

David M. Wilson
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I've never heard of processor speed restriction on wireless cards, but I'd go by what the manufacturer says. However, I do not believe you would have any problems running a 802.11g card on your machine. As far as what brand, if it is for a home network I would go for the best deal you can get, because you will not see major performance differences between brands for your needs.
Good luck,
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I wouldn't recommend using a PCI wireless card, the cases of desktop PC's make a reasonably efficient radiowave shield, unless the PC is close to the access point / router then you will suffer signal loss and degraded performance. I would recommend a USB variant, allowing you to position the unit away from the back of the PC and therefore get the best signal strength and connection speed
Cheers,
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