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> Aboundi 802.11b Wificard Ext Antenna, A CF WiFi card with an external antenna!
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post Aug 1 2006, 10:31 AM
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I just found this. It looks like a 802.11b CF WiFi card with an external antenna.

I tried searching on google, newsgroups and this forum, but I can't find information on chipset / compatibility. And the company's website is quite uninformative...


Anyone has experience with this card ?


EDIT: I keep getting mixed information from the resellers, like support for 802.11g, but I found this datasheet which seems trustable, and states that there is Linux support for this card (and that it does not support 802.11g). The external antenna model is the ACF3000-200. From the picture, the external antenna model seems quite smaller than other CF cards, which could be a blessing for typing on the SL-C3X00 with a WiFi CF card inserted...
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post Aug 1 2006, 10:46 AM
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Looks like the one with the external antenna is made to go into an access point or other internal only application. The antenna itself is an exposed circuit board. The cable it's attached to is extremely delicate, I wouldn't want it flopping around exposed like that.
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post Aug 1 2006, 11:20 AM
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well... it doesnt seem to "sticky-outy" so you could prolly hack it and just tuck all the wires inside the Z and just have a flat antenna or a nub that sticks out the back... but I'm no Z hacker... I opened my Z once to fix the a stuck power button... slipped ripped the keyboard membrane... and had to send the damn thing back to sharp japan for service repair... 200bucks... Will never open the Z again... :-(

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post Aug 1 2006, 11:30 AM
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QUOTE(BarryW @ Aug 1 2006, 02:46 PM)
Looks like the one with the external antenna is made to go into an access point or other internal only application.  The antenna itself is an exposed circuit board.  The cable it's attached to is extremely delicate, I wouldn't want it flopping around exposed like that.


Indeed. But if the card really is smaller, and if it works of course (hoping for a prism2 chipset), if would provide a nice base to attach a ridiculously big antenna like a table-mounted Pringles antenna. But I'm probably better off attaching an external antenna connector to a "known" device...
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post Aug 1 2006, 11:37 AM
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ok... nevermind I looked at the pic again... it seem like it does stick a lil bit... it would be nice if it was flush like the Socket BT card... :-(

I actually called the # and got voicemail.. I didnt leave a message... but it sounded like a Business/Personal # because of no mention of the company...

Maybe this guy makes these units out of his house... :-)

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post Aug 2 2006, 12:23 AM
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nearly every wireless card has an internal antenna connector that a pigtail cable can be connected to, you need to secure it as it dosent lock the conector in but it can be done
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