[sf-lug] Prevalent wireless standard in hotels and laptop card recommendations?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Nov 2 17:15:00 PST 2006

Quoting Al Eridani (al.eridani at gmail.com):

> Some hotels now don't offer Internet access through an ethernet cable
> socket anymore; instead, they provide wireless access.
> My laptop (old) doesn't have any wireless capabilities, so I'm
> thinking of getting a PCMCIA card for travelling. Any recommendations
> where to buy one here in San Francisco? Places to avoid? Do you know
> what wireless standards is the typical hotel most likely to support?

Just a data point:  The glory of my old Lucent Orinoco Gold PCMCIA
802.11b card is that every OS has good drivers for it, it's bog-standard,
and it'll talk to any access point I've ever had to deal with.  (Thank
Ghu, WPA and such aren't yet being mandated anywhere I've yet

Where would I get another one?  Probably eBay or half.com.

Would I buy a new card in a shop?  Hell no.

Cheers,                                  Accordions don't play Lady of Spain;
Rick Moen                                _people_ play Lady of Spain.
rick at linuxmafia.com

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