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> Cf Or Sd Wi-fi Cards, Need recommendation
CaptainDondo
post Apr 6 2006, 07:32 PM
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When I bought my SL-C3100, I also got a Planex WG-CF11X CF wifi card. The card is supposed to be good, but I am starting to wonder if mine isn't defective. It won't connect except about one in ten times; it won't give off errors but I get weird size packets on connection attempts (like 1.6 MB TCP packets)....

So... I'm in the market for a new card.

If 802.11g support is working it would be nice. I have a netgear 802.11g network at the house. I also have an 802.11b network in the travel van and at my lab at work, so I need solid 802.11b support more than g....

I live in the US, so US models, please.... (Yes I now the Planex is Japanese; I bought it in Japan.... A bit too far to go for warranty service at the moment, though.)

TIA,

--Yan
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rrnwexec
post Apr 6 2006, 07:36 PM
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cf would be my recommendation. many more choices than SD. i don't have a 3100, but i've always liked the linksys wcf12 cards on the 5x00 series. 802.11g is overkill on a handheld.

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post Apr 7 2006, 04:25 AM
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The problem with SD wifi cards now... is the fact we dont have a stable or even a working SDIO driver out there avaliable... me personally I've heard rumors that our units are compatiable with SDIO devices but I havent seen or used a working driver or have used a SDIO device... For now I would suggest you to get a CF wfi device...

Someone correct me if I'm wrong

I use a Symbol 802.11b card which I believe is identical to the Socket 802.11b card... Works perfectly...
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bluedevils
post Apr 7 2006, 05:32 AM
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You say you have g router. Is it locked to b mode only?
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CaptainDondo
post Apr 7 2006, 06:15 AM
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QUOTE(bluedevils @ Apr 7 2006, 06:32 AM)
You say you have g router.  Is it locked to b mode only?


No.... The card behavior is weird; at times it behaves perfectly, with good connection and range, and at other times it will not connect at all. Would it help to lock it to b mode only?

I see this behavior with 2 different access points; one is 802.11g+ (Netgear's own 108 MBps deal) and the other is a 3Com 802.11b... I also have an SMC 2652W (802.11b) which is down at the moment but it is typically the most reliable.... But still it can connect only about 1/2 the time to it....

I suspect it may have something to do with the encryption - but I live across from 2 schools so I really need encryption....

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post Apr 7 2006, 06:51 AM
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sometimes I have read where people have had issues with a g router in mixed mode. If you have the same problems with a dedicated b router then I suspect the mix mode a little less. Does it connect better without encryption? Maybe you do have a defective card or live in an area with lots of interference.

As far as sd/cf goes, I think CF is your only solution for reliable operation. I haven't heard of any good cf G drivers for the Z. My socket wifi works flawlessly, though there is some issue with it not wanting to hop channels with wellenreiter. I have separate routers for b and g operations.
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post Apr 7 2006, 07:50 AM
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QUOTE(bluedevils @ Apr 7 2006, 07:51 AM)
sometimes I have read where people have had issues with a g router in mixed mode.  If you have the same problems with a dedicated b router then I suspect the mix mode a little less.  Does it connect better without encryption?  Maybe you do have a defective card or live in an area with lots of interference.


OK, let me do some more testing.... Turns out that the AP at my lab is also g... So I'm going to slow it down to b and see if that improves matters....

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As far as sd/cf goes, I think CF is your only solution for reliable operation.  I haven't heard of any good cf G drivers for the Z.  My socket wifi works flawlessly, though there is some issue with it not wanting to hop channels with wellenreiter.  I have separate routers for b and g operations.


OK, thanks. For now I am going to follow up on using b only....

I'll test my SMC as soon as I can get it flashed with linux, so I have a bit more control...

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