USB 2.0 from PCMCIA

Dell INSPIRON 8200
February 8, 2011 at 19:18:55
Specs: XP Professional , Pentium 4 1.7GHz
Wondering if I get a PCMCIA card with two USB ports if I can get a USB 2.0 connection as opposed to the standard USB 1.1 that I have now on the back of my Inspiron 8200.

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#1
February 8, 2011 at 19:36:24
yes it will.

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#2
February 8, 2011 at 19:47:22
Device manager shows my PCMCIA Adapters. Texas Instruments PCI-4451 CardBus Controller. I'm seeing specs that indicate requirements of "Compliant with PCMCIA Express Type II standard." If I don't have Express Type II PCMCIA will I not be able to get USB 2.0 capability? I just don't want to keep buying stuff that doesn't work. TY

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#3
February 8, 2011 at 20:00:20
There maybe USB 3 adapters available.

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#4
February 8, 2011 at 20:03:17
all the fun stuff is in the card, that will plug into the pcmcia slot. As long as you get 2.0 card that fits your pcmcia slot.....it will give you the 2.0 transfer rates. Not sure how pricey Usb 3.0 is.

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#5
February 8, 2011 at 20:18:21
Well that's good news. I'm trying to connect to the VPN at my workplace. It doesn't like my Macbook. I bought an AirLink101 AWLL6075 Wireless N Mini USB Adapter for my old Inspiron 8200. I can't get it set up correctly, and I'm suspecting it might be because of the older USB 1.1 to which I'm connecting. I found a 2-Port USB 2.0 PCMCIA Cardbus PC Card (fully inside for Notebook) available online. It's about $10. I'll order it if you think it will work. TY

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#6
February 8, 2011 at 20:27:04
Well the usb will work....the vpn could be a few things, I take it you cannot get the airlink wireless to connect to the internet? Airlink does not mention if that model supports usb 1.0, just that it uses 2.0 which is faster anyways....$10

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#7
February 8, 2011 at 20:36:03
Have you set up the vpn before? or is a client provided by your employer?

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#8
February 8, 2011 at 20:56:24
It's provided by my employer. Initially there were several more obvious reasons why I couldn't connect. One was that my old Inspiron 8200 wasn't updated with the most recent windows updates (a VPN requirement). Also, it didn't have anti-virus (another requirement), so I downloaded the free McAfee that was offered by my ISP. Lastly, I was connecting to my Apple Airport Express which is WPA enabled. I had to drop my wireless security from WPA to "none" to get my Inspiron to connect. I'm guessing that because I had no wireless security the VPN wouldn't let me pass. That's why I ordered the AirLink101 AWLL6075 Wireless N Mini USB Adapter. It is capable of WPA.

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#9
February 8, 2011 at 21:20:37
goodluck............ps the one button security set up, only works if you use the applicable airlink router;)

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#10
February 8, 2011 at 23:04:30
There are older and newer Type II PCMCIA slots. The slot must support both Type II and Cardbus (32 bit) cards in order for you to be able to use a USB 2.O controller card in the slot The card will not physically plug into the older Type II 16 bit slot, no one appears to be making 16 bit USB 2.0 cards, and good luck even finding a USB 1.x 16 bit card new.

"I bought an AirLink101 AWLL6075 Wireless N Mini USB Adapter for my old Inspiron 8200. I can't get it set up correctly, and I'm suspecting it might be because of the older USB 1.1 to which I'm connecting."

Wireless USB adapters will work in USB 1.x ports fine, however, if you have a really fast internet connection package it won't be able to deliver the fastest speed the connection allows for.
(On the other hand, check out the detailed requirements of your wireless N adapter - I know wireless G and B adapters will work fine connected to USB 1.x ports.)

Max internet connection speeds are rated in bits per second, not bytes per second. There 8 bits to a byte, and about 2 bits per byte are used for error correction and other "overhead" so if you divide the rate in bits per second by about ten, that's the max theoretical speed in bytes per second that you can achieve, and even then you rarely get that. Download and upload speeds, on the other hand, are usually rated in kbytes/sec or mbytes/sec - you may have noticed that that figure is rarely if ever faster than one tenth of the max speed of your internet connection in bits per second, unless the connection is using data compression or a bit torrent method.

USB 1.1 has a max speed of 12mbits/sec, so it will handle an internet speed of up to 12mbits/sec, or 12000kbits/sec. (mine's 1.5mbits/sec, or 1500kbits per second. )

Setting up a wireless connection that has Security settings can be a big puzzle for a lot of people in comparison to setting up a wired network connection which does not require Security settings.

See response 4 in this,
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

especially the part starting at:

It's much easier to set up a Secure wireless connection (in XP, Vista, or Windows 7) if you....

similar applies to XP.

One thing you may run into if you're connecting to an older wireless router is it may not support the max encryption type that the wireless N adapter can use. In that case use an older encryption type , e.g. 128 bit that the router does support. That's not a problem if you set up the encryption type in the router first, then use the built in Wireless Zero support in Windows to connect the router to the adapter.


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