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    Basically i want to add a pc card(pcmcia) to my carputer..i dont have a port for pcmcia and i have only 1 pci slot..i seen pci slot adapters where you can slide in a pc card but it looks to be too tall to fit into my case. i can fit low profile pci slot. therefore i searched and searched for a pc card reader thats USB. basically i want to be able to use the Tmobile wireless LAN card doing it through usb hopefully..has anyone ever seen such a device? pc card=>adapter=> usb??? thats basically what im looking for..any ideas?
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    It was explained to me this way:

    PCI bus = 133mbit
    USB1.1 bus = 12mbit
    USB2.0 bus ~ 480mbit

    It's possible, but no one makes them
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    • #3
      darn! well i want to use the internet for the carputer..i dont want to get a huge antenna or wardrive or look for a signal..omg it seems like too much hassle..id rather pay the 29.99 a month and get FULL internet on all the time from tmobile. the pc card is like 99 dollars..i asked if they make anything for desktops but no luuck..maybe if i bought a riser and positioned the pci adapter sideways and slide the pc card into it?? u think thatll work out?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by wizardPC
        It was explained to me this way:

        PCI bus = 133mbit
        USB1.1 bus = 12mbit
        USB2.0 bus ~ 480mbit

        It's possible, but no one makes them
        that PCI bus should be 133MB/s not 133mb/s
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        • #5
          Originally posted by EsKALad
          darn! well i want to use the internet for the carputer..i dont want to get a huge antenna or wardrive or look for a signal..omg it seems like too much hassle..id rather pay the 29.99 a month and get FULL internet on all the time from tmobile. the pc card is like 99 dollars..i asked if they make anything for desktops but no luuck..maybe if i bought a riser and positioned the pci adapter sideways and slide the pc card into it?? u think thatll work out?
          yea that would work... just get a ribbon riser. Ive been wanting to do the same but i will have to make a new case before it would fit...
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          • #6
            ribbon riser?? sorry first i ever heard of it..you have a link to what it is?? if not i will SEARCH. lol but if you have the info already it would be great!
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            • #7
              The below link. ive used that company a lot before. with the ribbon you can make it so you can place the pci card exactly where you need it.

              http://www.servercase.com/miva/miva?...=1U%2F2U+Riser
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              • #8
                the ribbon riser is like a pci riser card but it has a flexable ribon cable in the middle. it can make it easier to position in your case. I have actually seen a usb to pc card adapter inside an outdoor wifi antenna. it looked like it would do what you want. unfortunately i cant remember who made the thing.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by meyer64
                  the ribbon riser is like a pci riser card but it has a flexable ribon cable in the middle. it can make it easier to position in your case. I have actually seen a usb to pc card adapter inside an outdoor wifi antenna. it looked like it would do what you want. unfortunately i cant remember who made the thing.
                  i think its orinco. but i dont know the model they have it in.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by frodobaggins
                    that PCI bus should be 133MB/s not 133mb/s

                    Ahh, you took the thoughts right out of my head

                    If anyone wants to work the math youll find that USB2s peak 480Mbit/s is only 60MB/s - well within the 133MB/s spec of the pci bus.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mad Ad
                      Ahh, you took the thoughts right out of my head

                      If anyone wants to work the math youll find that USB2s peak 480Mbit/s is only 60MB/s - well within the 133MB/s spec of the pci bus.

                      AHA!!! That's why it won't work. Because USB2.0 doesnt have enough throughput for a PCI Card. I KNEW it was something like that.
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                      • #12
                        is it just me or are some other people reading this the other way round?
                        "pc card=>adapter=> usb" to me reads as something that allows u to run usb off a pcmcia card.

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                        • #13
                          I would not take that as fact WizardPC. A pci card works at the speed it needs to, same as USB, these figures we quote are bus maximums- eg a 10/100 pci network card is far below 60Mb/s, infact what pci card would push over 60Mb? scsi/ide raid- what else? I cant think of anything.

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                          • #14
                            As an alternative, you could ditch the PCMCIA card altogether.

                            Many of the newest phones support dialing up for internet. While I plug in my phone in my car and carry it with me at other times, if you want a permanent solution I don't see what's stopping you from sticking a Motorola V300 with a USB data cable in with the system, and using that for data. ^_^

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                            • #15
                              i already have a tmobile sidekick2 with unlimited internet plan..but it doesnt work with a computer...any other suggestions? i want an always "on" connection where i pay one flat rate..what do you guys think?
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