Although network cards are now obtainable in most computer stores, purchasing them is nonetheless a troublesome activity. For instance, a few networks use different unfamiliar interfaces like Coax. In this case, the user must know of their network interface before they purchase the cards. This is usually because the type of network cards needed varies with the type of network interface.

In general, network interfaces are of three types – PCI, ISA and PCMCIA. PCI is used mainly in desktop computers, and it helps in providing fast internet connection. However, because of its high speed, the network cards for PCI are generally expensive. The second type of interface is ISA, which requires 10 Base network cards. These network cards are much cheaper than those for PCI; however, they only allow slow internet connections.

The final type of interface has been developed according to specifications of laptop computers – which are now as commonly used as desktop computers. The interface is known as PCMIA, and the networks used with this interface are known as PCMCIA NIC cards. PCMCIA NIC cards are probably more difficult to purchase than PCI and ISA network cards. The reason is that they have been developed only a few years ago, and thus, only a handful of people possess complete knowledge about these cards.

People should do a bit of homework before purchasing these cards find out exactly what needs will be fulfilled by these cards. In general, people need to put emphasis on the connection and the slots that would be used. Connection is usually more important than slots. People need to know the exact number of cables that they need to connect the PCMCIA NIC cards to the Internet. If people need extra cables to connect the PCMCIA network cards, additional difficulties might be experienced since the cards are more prone to damages. In addition, people are more likely to lose these extra cables. Due to the difficulty that arises from using extra cables, many manufacturers have developed additional PCMCIA network cards; however, these cards only allow users to get the original connection.

The second criterion for choosing PCMCIA NIC cards is the type of slots that would be used. Users should make sure that their card uses type II connection only. This is usually the least troublesome connection. However, many PCMCIA NIC cards also use type III connection. In this case, the users need to make sure that the connection allows the network card as well as other cards to be plugged into.

In addition to these two criteria, the users must pay attention to the following information:

1) They should make sure that they only purchase the cable that is compatible with their network card. The most common cable is Ethernet, which can be used with RJ-45 connection – a connection that is used by most PCMCIA NIC cards. However, many users may also want to use Coax cables if their card works through BNC connectors.

2) Users may want to buy Cross over cables if they want to connect two laptops. On the other hand, they may also use standard network cables. However, cross over cables have many advantages over standard network cables. The main difference is that, unlike standard network cables, cross over cables do not require network hubs in order to connect two different laptops.

However, standard cables are also necessary since they allow the user to connect their laptop to a large network. As a result, they need to be purchased together with the PCMCIA network cards. The users also need to buy network hubs.

Thus, it clearly shows that buying a PCMCIA network card is not enough; people must also pay attention to the connecting cables and network hubs.

This PCMCIA NIC Review is Written/Updated on Jul 30th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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