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WiFi Cards

Discussion in 'Networking' started by prpltbrd, Apr 25, 2004.

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  1. prpltbrd

    prpltbrd Thread Starter

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    I am a truck driver and I want to access the internet through WiFi at truck stop and travel plaza's and I want to find out the best WiFi card to use to access these networks. Any suggestions? I know they are 802.3b & g compatible. Is there a card out there that could connect to an external antenna? Would it be better to get a pcmcia card for my laptop or get an adapter that connects through my usb ports?

    any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
     
  2. plucnik

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    10-4 there good buddy....sorry, my (former) 30 years in the trucking industry got the better of me. Truck stop...hmmmm. There's a lot of metal floating around there so I would suspect that the signal would be affected. DO NOT go with the USB, that would definitely have a weaker / slower signal. Use the PCMCIA card. As far as the make / model........802.11g is the way to go and I would spend the extra bucks for a "brand name". Oh, and watch out for those lot lizards........
     
  3. Ddruid

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    Most Orinoco/Proxim/Agere/Lucent (agere/hermes chipset) have an external antenna port, and an internal antenna, and are 65-100mw tx power.

    Examples: Compex WL11b+
    Proxim/Orinoco Gold

    You can also go with a PrismII based chipset, these typically are 200mw tx power, but most of them I have encountered that have an external antenna port require that you use an antenna.
    Example: Engenius w/external antenna ports

    Here is one with an internal antenna:
    Engenius w/antenna


    I wouldn't worry about using 'g' standards, 75% of the time you will not get a strong enough signal to establish a connection at 54mbs ( reuirements are in the low -60's to establish a 54m connection, but -83 for an 11m connection *on average*). Also, most of the truck stops are being fed with a fractional T1. The prismII chipset cards are better cards, but the drivers are a bit sketchy for windows, I would stick with an orinoco card.
     
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