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Old 09-14-2005, 03:51 AM   #1
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We are starting with short 1-2 week trips for shake downs before we go out for extended travels of 2-3 months . At present we are using a Nextell cell that we have for our business. We won't be purchasing a different cell service until business has sold ( should be within a couple months). Anyway, I see different type wi-fi cards offered such as type A, B, and G. Is there one in particular that is used more than others. I want to use the free wi-fi for e-mail while on the road for the next few weeks until we get our new phone service.
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We are starting with short 1-2 week trips for shake downs before we go out for extended travels of 2-3 months . At present we are using a Nextell cell that we have for our business. We won't be purchasing a different cell service until business has sold ( should be within a couple months). Anyway, I see different type wi-fi cards offered such as type A, B, and G. Is there one in particular that is used more than others. I want to use the free wi-fi for e-mail while on the road for the next few weeks until we get our new phone service.
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Old 09-14-2005, 04:49 AM   #3
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I got a Linksys G card from Walmart. Easy to
install and works great. The G card is backwards compatible with a and b.
Spend the extra 20 or 30 bucks for the G card.
Go to this site for a good tutorial.


http://www.wifi-forum.com/wf/showthread.php?t=325
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I bought mine, a U.S. Robotics, 802.11g, 100Mbps card(product #USR5410), from <tigerdirect.com>, they beat W-M's price by about 1/2. My son-in-law advised aginst getting the souped up , high $ versions, as a laptop has a finite speed slower than the WiFi cards. With $30 worth of rebates price was under $25 bucks & received in 3 days. Since I am computer challanged it took 3 tries to get it in but it works great. I'm using it now.
Tiger direct also has daily specials, got a 256mb jump drive for about $ 21.00.
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Walmarts was 35.00 on sale with a 15.00 rebate from Linksys and if there's a problem with it, I can drive 10 miles and return it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 3huskies:
Walmarts was 35.00 on sale with a 15.00 rebate from Linksys and if there's a problem with it, I can drive 10 miles and return it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I have the Belkin from Wal-Mart and it was only $35.00. I primarily use it at the University, but this summer I used it at Flying J and at a Comfort Inn. In August, I noticed that Flying J sells one for about $70.00
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Are there Wi-Fi cards that are adaptable to Windows 98? I'd sure like to find one. When I travel, I like to take my old laptop, for convenience. I have a desktop, at home. Would appreciate some information on this topic. Thanks in advance.
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Roger,
Try Ebay. Here's just one I found.

http://cgi.ebay.com/802-11b-WIRELESS-LAN-NETWOK-WiFi-PC...QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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The A,B,& G designations refer to the speed of the card to transmit & receive data. The B is the slowest & earliest of the WiFi cards(and therefore cheapest). The current 'standard' is the G which will give about 10 mbps throughput. The A is a new standard, not in widespread use yet. Both the B & the G will work on most all WiFi networks.

Spend the extra bucks & get the "G" (802.11 G) it's worth the extra bucks.
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Its also a good idea to check the terms & length of the warranty.
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