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jakfish

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« on: November 06, 2010, 10:46:43 pm »
I have a Netgear MA701, a perfectly servicable cf wifi card.

But since I use my cf slot for nothing else, I would prefer to leave my wifi card in all the time.  The MA701 protrudes too much to transport the machine safely.

I've looked at the hardware wiki, but haven't found a card that might live peacefully in the cf slot without any significant protrusion.  Perhaps something with a retractable antenna, something with a structure similar to the old X-Jack PCMCIA modems.

Is this possible?

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 04:09:47 pm »
It's gonna be hard. I don't think anyone makes CF wifi cards anymore. In my personal experience, every smaller CF wifi card I have had (3 of them) has died. I don't know why, they just start loosing connection and can be reconnected if I put pressure on them from underneath for a while and then eventually that doesn't even work.

The only places I can think to find them are places like ebay or some very unknown (untrusted) online vendors.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 07:24:47 am »
Yes, so far my search has been pretty fruitless.  From my HP/C days, there were PCMCIA wifi cards that retracted into the slot.  Then again, they were bigger.

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 02:14:34 pm »
Smallest protruberance with a card, is probably (still) the Ambicom series. All others I have stick out more, if only a mm or two.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 08:37:20 pm »
Quote from: deluxe
Smallest protruberance with a card, is probably (still) the Ambicom series. All others I have stick out more, if only a mm or two.

You wouldn't happen to own the Netgear MA701, would you?  I'd love to hear an in-the-flesh comparison.  I looked at the Ambicom pix on ebay, and Ambicom looks pretty close to the MA701.

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 09:34:02 pm »
No, no Netgear.
The other card I have is a Symbol LA-4137. That sticks out about a mm or two more than the Ambicom.
Neill Currie
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SL-C1000, Cacko "heavy" ROM.
A SL-5500 with TKrom.
Ambicom and Symbol CF wifi, 8gb Seagate Microdrive, <4gb Transcend SD. Assorted other digital detritus.
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Owner of a Nokia n810 Internet Tablet.
Also a Nokia n800, and a 4th generation iPod Touch.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2010, 08:26:10 am »
Thanks for this info.

Jake