Ricoh PCI-PCMCIA Adaptor
Since the introduction of wireless networking, many manufacturers have released
PCMCIA wireless cards for use in laptops, allowing mobile network connectivity
in the open air. While this is a significant boost to mobile computing, home
PC users will find it more difficult to find a decent wireless card. Sure there
are USB wireless cards available, but with the amount of strain they place on
the CPU, it isn't the best option performance wise. There are, however PCI wireless
cards starting to make an appearance into the market, but they are no where
near as easy to locate, nor is there the amount of product choice available
that exists with the PCMCIA version.
This is where PCI-PCMCIA adaptors come into play. They plug into a PCI slot
in home computers, and allow for the connection of one PCMCIA card, therefore
providing the best of both worlds, performance (due to dedicated PCI bus) and
product choice (due to the sheer amount of different brands/models of PCMCIA
wireless cards), in one neat package. PCI-PCMCIA adaptors, however, aren't just
used with PCMCIA wireless network adaptors, they can be used with any PCMCIA
device. Wireless cards are the most popular usage for these cradles, however,
as PCI versions of other typical PCMCIA cards (network/USB/modem) already exist
at a significantly lower price.
The card we are looking at today is the Ricoh PCI-PCMCIA adaptor which can
be purchased for about AU$60 from most good pc retailers.
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