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HP Pavillion ZE5385US and WiFi

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February 15, 2005 12:26:10 AM

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This notebook has a built in mini-PCI card (user removable) supporting the
802.11b protocol. There is also an on/off switch on the notebook to turn
on, or off, the WiFi. Has anyone upgraded the WiFi to 802.11g in any way?
Perhaps through a PCMCIA card? If able to do so, are there any software
considerations? Thanks in advance.

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February 15, 2005 12:57:49 AM

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First, unless you are doing lots of shuffling of files back and forth between
this computer and others (e.g. a server), 802.11g won't do a lot of good.
Internet access speed is generally limited by the bandwidth of the internet
connection, most often DSL, cable, or (ugh!) dialup. 802.11b is faster than all
of the above. So I don't see a great incentive to go to 802.11g. Now if your
internet access was via a T3 link, that would be a different story.

But to upgrade to a PCMCIA card (best choice), you generally do not need any
special wifi drivers when running Windows XP. If drivers are required or if you
are running another operating system, the manufacturer of the card will provide
a driver CD.

There are also USB 802.11g adapters. But, IMHO, USB for ANY networking is like
a platypus or tits on a bull, or a shotgun marriage. USB network adapters are a
last resort, for example as an upgrade for some sort of all-in-one PC without
any board slots... Ben Myers

On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:26:10 GMT, "Don" <don@theispgroup.com> wrote:

>This notebook has a built in mini-PCI card (user removable) supporting the
>802.11b protocol. There is also an on/off switch on the notebook to turn
>on, or off, the WiFi. Has anyone upgraded the WiFi to 802.11g in any way?
>Perhaps through a PCMCIA card? If able to do so, are there any software
>considerations? Thanks in advance.
>
>
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