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    Help finding a 54g PCI wifi card for Procase'd carputer

    I currently have the carpc linked up to my house wifi and that works fine but ultimately since the house wifi system is actually 54g (and netsumbler don't work with usb wifi devices ), I'd like to get a 54g pci card that has a detachable antenna for the carpc.

    I do already have a spare belkin 54g PCI card (F5D7000uk) but here's the problem.

    The CarPC is in a Procase 3677 so whilst the Eden800 works fine with this card the width of the Belkin Wifi PCB (already removed the metal plate) when sitting in the PCI slot is 4mm higher than the rest of the casing and hence the lid don't fit I've looked and belkin are very miserly with the pcb as there is no way of shaving the pcb down so that it fits

    I have tried a ribbon pci extender but there is just not enough room inside the case to orientate the pci card.

    So the question is (as trying to get this info out of retaliers tend to get met with an expression that I've grown another head) any of you guys know of a
    54g PCI card that has a PCB of 40mm or less width excluding the pci edge connector?

    Here's the belkin one which you can seen the green pcb area on



    Cheers.

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    NJay,

    Personally don't know of a smaller card. However, I was having same issue with my Version 1 system. Case was only 3 inches tall and cards were taller. I opted for a pci riser which came back over the motherboard (as opposed to the ones that go and cover the pci slots)from Barada (http://www.barada.ca/eng/index.htm), and a data chute. Card is tall. But since there was no external connection, it didn't matter in my case. With the Data Chute (by Antec) I can run any pcmcia card on my system. This is great for using any wifi, wired nic, pcmcia scanners, pcmcia card readers, etc.... Basically I now have a verychangeable system without taking anything apart. Push a button pop one card out , and put another in.

    Hope this gives you an alternative, if you cant find a smaller card.
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    Some eshop links i've had tucked away

    the first link has the worlds longest pci relocator card. The cables can easily be extended upto 24 inches (i think)
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    or you may want to use a pcmcia to pci adapter
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=41993
    and use a 54g pcmcia pc card
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    Cheers foir the suggestions

    Yep, already have a 54G PCMCIA card as that resided in my laptop. However they are wider than the PCB on the desktop card so the PCMCIA->PCI adaptor would be even wider than that.

    Here's the case with the lid off. As you can see its not the length of the PC flex riser that I have that's the problem but that there just isn't any space where I can place the pci card other than upright in the pci slot
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    Thanks,

    but that dlink one appears to be a PCMCIA card mounted onto a PCI card. Consequently thats going to be 53mm wide and I'm looking for something less than 40mm

    Keep looking though

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    Njay, I'm going to have to guess that your SOL. Somethin that small is only compact flash which means you would need a PCI adapter, the smallest one I found looks too big http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?src=PW&item=58022

    Besides that, Compact Flash cards only support 802.11b.

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    I think you might be right.

    Its frustrating as I know that there are 11mps ones out there as this one from the UK e-tailer I use has a smaller width PCB.



    Oh well the search continues

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    or you can forget about the pci card all to gether and get the 802.11g usb adapter
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...38566?v=glance
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