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    PCI or USB notebook PC card adapter exist?

    I've been looking on and off for several months for a notebook PC card adapter. I basically looking for an PC card adapter so I can stick wi-fi/CDMA cards into for a desktop or in like an external bay drive.

    why do i want this? my gf's work has provided her a Verizon Wireless CDMA notebook PC card with unlimited wireless access. she cannot afford to pay Comcast broadband their $45/month for access, and her work provided her this card for her work laptop, but she would also like to use it in her desktop. I saw such an adapter a LONG time ago, but can't find it.

    I also know some PCI cards are basically notebook PC cards in an adapter, but I have no knowlege of which ones will let you pull this off.

    any help would be appreciated:-)
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    If you are looking for a simple PCMCIA to PCI adapter, you could use

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=C250-3746

    this was just a quick Google find, but you may find a better price somewhere else.

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    Newegg has 3 different ones it looks like and they are much cheaper. the cheapest being this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...124-021&depa=0

    Hope this helps

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    Check the specs on the PC card and the adapter you are thinking about getting. All adapters are not the same. If your PC card is a CardBus/32 bit device then make sure your adapter is the same. Go with a 32 bit one as it will work with 16 bit cards as well. That Newegg one should be fine though.
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    I hope I am wrong, but, I read here somewhere that wireless cards do not work reliably in PCI adapters, I sure hope it is not the case since I am looking too for one of those cards for NET on the go.

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    I am using one in a home PC and it works just fine. Not sure how well it would work in a car but I'm sure that's just because of the limited range of the internal antenna. If you have a card with an external connector then there should be no problem at all.
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    Good to know, I'll call Verizon tomorrow for details, also Sprint has it, but I think Verizon has better coverage.

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    thank you everyone! :-) my gf will definitely be happy that she doesn't have to pay for DSL or dial up now. heh.

    here is the card on verizon wireless:
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/s...edPhoneId=1517
    and from the manufacturer:
    http://www.audiovox.com/webapp/wcs/s...2526&langId=-1
    I am definitely sticking with a 32 bit one. i don't need the headaches of a 16 bit card.

    the verizon card *does* have a little jack where an antenna could connect. I was able to find that you can hook an external antenna into the card, and boost its signal 1-2 bars:
    http://www.yourwirelesssource.com/Ph...VERIZON+PC5220
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    almost the same hunt

    I too am looking to know if such a device exists, however, I dont have the ability to use a PCI slot, does a usb/firewire to cardbus/32 exist. Essentially, Im looking for a dongle that connects to a pci port, and provides a cardbus/32 port for placing a pcmcia GPRS card into...

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