Put a Laptop Wireless Card in a Desktop?

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  1. TechOutsider

    TechOutsider Registered Member

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    Can a laptop wireless card be put in a desktop?

    The only problem is that I can't seem to remove the card. The card, an Intel 2100 card, is connected by PCI-like gold pins/contacts and two wires that are labeled "main" and "aux."

    If anyone could shed some insight, that would be much appreiciated :D
     
  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

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    what would it be connected to inside a desktop? Not easily done, if at all
     
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    It's an old 802.11b card, kind of slow. If you must, then you need an adapter for mini-PCI

    the 2 connectors are for the antennas
    http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/options/06p4023.pdf
     
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    As mvario wrote, you would need something like a PCI to miniPCI adapter for your desktop but then I can't see how that would be the least bit cost effective.

    Heck, a PCI to miniPCI adapter has got to cost circa $15-$20 and you can pick up a regular PCI wireless adapter (802.11b/g or even 802.11b/g/n) for under $20 shipped (see Newegg). At those prices, why bother with the laptop card at all?
     
  5. TechOutsider

    TechOutsider Registered Member

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    Thanks guys. I brought the MSI PC60G card from Newegg :). I'm sure that it'll handle my network just fine :D.
     
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