Wireless PC Card

In this era of mobility and connectivity, there isn’t one PC user who would want to be limited by anything, let alone connectivity. Today, connectivity is far more essential than ever before and thus, the dawn of wireless PC cards has come, and come strong.

A wireless PC card is a modern day device which comes in the size of a credit card and fits into the PCMCIA slots of notebooks or adapters fitted into the desktop’s Central Processing Unit. They also have a Wi-Fi antenna that protrudes outside to provide better connectivity and stronger signals. The compactness of the device and the fact that it is almost fully inserted into the CPU means that it gets heated very quickly and thus acts as one deterrent.

However, the ability of being mobile and superior technology providing far less errors and speed loss than the Ethernet PC Card adapters make the wireless PC card an instant choice for one and all. The battery of LED lights on the device blink to indicate the different connectivity strengths (signal strength) and indicate dormant or active networks.

All leading peripherals and computer technology companies have forayed into the wireless PC card market with the pioneers being Linksys, AT&T, Netgear, D-Link, Buffalo, and Belkin.

Ranging from under 20$ to over 130$ and beyond, there is a lot of choice available for the connectivity conscious buyer based on the depth of your pocket and the kind of mobility that you need. All laptops today come pre-fitted with wireless cards. While Dell laptops come with either the standard wireless card or the wireless n-card, the latter being smaller in size and more compact than the former, Sony has laid stress on the super slim 802.11g wireless card. Neither have an annoying antenna protruding out and are totally built in and ready to use with the laptop.

The different wireless standards that one should be aware of are 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n technologies which are collectively know as Wi-Fi technology. While 802.a is the primitive one in this group, it supports a maximum speed of 2mbps, which in today’s high speed high data transfer scenario seems too little, the 802.11n technology is the state of the art technology by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers standards and supports as high as 100mbps of wireless connectivity, providing best possible resistance to signal disturbances and best signal strength.

Now that you know what a wireless PC card is, you may be starting to see why you might want to get one. With this, you can share printers, files and more within a wireless network. Your wireless network may be at the office so that all computer users can access the printer and files needed but you also can set up a wireless network at home.

A home wireless network enables several computers to not only share one broadband internet connection, but they can also share one printer or other device. In this modern age, most people have the main computer along with more computers in bedrooms or elsewhere in the house for the other users. With the wireless PC cards and a home network set up, it has become easier than ever for everyone to access what they need.

Setting up a wireless home network is no longer an expensive proposition, either. A wireless PC card can be purchased for less than $50 and many of today’s systems come equipped with the device out of the box. A wireless network is the safest and easiest way for everyone in the house to be able to use their computers.

This Wireless PC Card Review is Written/Updated on Nov 4th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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