|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,
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.