PCMCIA/CardBus Adapter

A lot of laptops, particularly notebooks are missing a CardBus slot on the computer itself. The good news, is that you can now buy a CardBus adapter to provide the slot for your laptop or notebook. These adapters will usually accept wireless broadband cards, video capture cards, and many others. These adapters can be purchased for a relatively inexpensive price, and provide a very important function in expanding the capabilities of your computer.

The first adapter we are going to take a look at is the Cisco Aironet 802.11a/b/g Wireless CardBus Adapter. There are many plus points to this particular model, and hardly any drawbacks. It is equipped with an EAP Single Sign-on system, meaning that there is no need for numerous sign on details for just one user. It also boasts Fast Secure Roaming, allowing the user to browse the internet safely from a wireless internet port. To be able to use this CardBus Adapter, you will have to have an operating system of at least Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

The next adapter to consider is the D-LINK DUB-C2 USB 2.0 2-port PCMCIA CardBus adapter. This is much the same as the previous adapter mentioned, with a few minor differences. This particular model upgrades laptop computers to USB 2.0, a better and faster standard. It makes this product ideal for storing digital media, and also for using it for an external memory device. Another goof thing about the this version of the PCMCIA CardBus adapter, is that it is enabled with plug and play software. This means that there are no drivers to install. You simply plug in the adapter, and it will automatically install itself onto your computer’s hard drive.

The next adapter can be a little more expensive, but only by a matter of a few pounds. This is the Belkin FireWire CardBus Adapter. This one is a little different, as it is connected to the laptop via a cable giving you two free sockets. This one is not so simple to install though. It can’t be installed via the plug and play system. It has to be installed by a driver which is found on the CD ROM with the package. Whilst this is a good adapter, the installation process is fairly lengthy, and the adapter itself is more suited to Windows 98 & 2000, instead of newer models, even using it for Vista would probably be a stretch.

There are things that you will need to consider if you are going to buy a CardBus Adapter. You will need to think about what you want to use it for. If you want to use it for an external storage device, then there are many inexpensive options for you to choose from. These will probably be more basic designs that don’t do much apart from the storage properties, but you can purchase one for a very reasonable price.

If you are looking for something to enable you to connect to a Wi-Fi network, then you are probably going to have to pay a little more. These CardBus adapters are a little more expensive because they are more complicated. Whatever it is that you require, there will be a CardBus adapter out there for you. Even if you are on a very tight budget, some brands come at a very reasonable price. You really just need to shop around to find something that fits your needs and your budget Don’t forget to check the system requirements, though, as some CardBus Adapters are specifically designed to work with older operating systems such as Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you don’t want to buy an adapter that won’t work after all.

This PCMCIA/CardBus Adapter Review is Written/Updated on Jul 25th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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