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

Andy Grimm agrimm at gmail.com
Thu Nov 2 19:26:08 PST 2006

I agree whole-heartedly; I have a old dog of a laptop that I still
occasionally use; it has a dead battery & dead hard drive (I boot a
live cd), but the orinoco silver still works like a champ after many
years.  Sure it's 802.11b, but in hotels that's all you need.  Of
course, I'd recommend the Gold as rick did; I got the silver because
it was significantly cheaper years ago.


On 11/2/06, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> 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
> encountered.)
> Where would I get another one?  Probably eBay or half.com.
> Would I buy a new card in a shop?  Hell no.
> --
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> Spain;
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