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Use laptop wireless Internet card on desktop

Discussion in 'Networking' started by lejusdan, Jul 17, 2007.

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  1. lejusdan

    lejusdan Thread Starter

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    The area I live in does not have dsl or cable internet access. We had Direcway satellite access for a couple of years but I was not impressed and had gone back to modem until a few weeks ago. I now have a LaptopConnect Card 3G- Sierra Wireless AirCard 875 and the response and download times are awesome compared to modem and are even much better than I had with satellite. I am looking for a way to use the wireless internet card with my desktop. I hoping there is some sort of device out there that can plug in to desktop CPU and accept the card as if it were the laptop. That way I could use the wireless internet card with either the laptop or the desktop. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
     
  2. hermes

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    You can install a wireless NIC in the desktop and set up an ah-hoc wireless network between the two. It's available in the wireless settings. Then share the internet connection on the laptop.
     
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    Both of these replies are very helpful! I contacted QUATECH (www.quatech.com) and they said they have not tested it with my specific type of card but they had received reports from users that it does work. The tech support person advised that I make sure that wherever I purchase from has a return policy that would allow me time to try it out. It can be purchased direct from them or through one of their distributors. The chepest I found it was at PCMall for $179.99. "It" is a product called a "External USB to PCMCIA Adapter" Product # PCD-X/U132-E.
     
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    Contact the 3G card manufacturer and the 3G operator to check for 1. Compatible wireless clients (cards) and 2. That connection sharing is allowed over the provider network. Do this before you shell out any money.
     
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