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    WTB: PCI or USB Wireless LAN adapter CHEAP!

    I just need a cheap wireless adapter, either PCI or USB, preferable PCI for use in my car. Doesn't have to be special at all, just needs to work. I'm looking for something very inexpensive here. Thanks.
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    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/justdeals/index.html

    they had a pile of wireless stuff last time i checked
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    since wireless adapters were designed for laptop use mainly, PCI adapters are expensive (indeed most PCI adapters are just PCI->PCMCIA and then you slide a PCMCIA network adapter into it).

    USB adapters are probably the way to go, just check out ebay , you'll find many on there for decently cheap (<$50USD per adapter). Also check out pricewatch for online stores.

    If you don't care about speed, you can probably find some 1mbit/s oldstyle adapters for very cheap.
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    Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
    Completion: [*********-] 90%
    Everything working! Mobile MP3s ROCK!
    LEFT TO DO: Improve power on circuit, fix slow boot time

    - 550mhz PIII on Abit BH6
    - 128MB RAM
    - 40x4 Backlit Character LCD
    - 17 key numeric keypad - Repainted buttons
    - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
    - 4.3GB drive for MP3s

    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/bombboyer/ Redesigned, new pics!

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    got a spare $69? linksys wireless usb adapter. Thats the one i'm using, works great.

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    ugh... I've had bad issues with USB wireless cards... low power and range sucks.

    check out these auctions:

    Might be really of interest:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2082567591

    Also check out these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2081771437
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2081796171
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2082362223
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2082064449

    Searching for variations on these might yield cheap results as well.

    Additionally, before someone complains that ISA cards are ****e and shouldn't be used, remember that PCMCIA *is* ISA (16-bit ISA interface)... Cardbus is a 32-bit PCI interface, and there *are* many ISA/PCMCIA wireless 802.11a cards out there.

    In any case, these can give you some cheap solutions if you just want to hook up 2 computers for the purpose of transferring files.

    You can probably find PCI adapters that are not 802.11 for really cheap too if it must be PCI.
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    got two linksys PCI->PCMCIA adapters for cheap if ya want them
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    If bombboyer only wants one I might take the other.

    You have a PM.

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    I have a Linksys USB for $54 shipped. It has a suprising range and very small footprint. Available to first person interested.

    Thanks,
    Jad

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