I've seen an earlier post by "spot the braincell" and have a similar but slightly different query. I have a new wireless-enabled Dell 8600 laptop(Win XP) and old Compaq Presario 1690 (Win98 - First Edn, not SE). I want to connect both for broadband using a wireless router (Netgear DG834G). The Dell will set up automatically. The Compaq has USB socket but no Ethernet socket. Can I enable it for wireless broadband connection by using a (Netgear WG511) network card in its PCMCIA slot? And to do so, do I need to install any extra drivers or software in this older laptop for it to configure/connect using the WG511 card? If so, what, and where do I get them?
You should be able to connect with a PCMCIA WiFi card but you need to check which PCMCIA slot you have got. The cards come with drivers and software. You load the CD first and the software tells you when to fit the card.
Thanks woodchip. As far as I can tell I have a 32 bit (CardBus) slot. Haven't yet tried to set things up (still waiting for ISP to confirm broadband connection). There is an installation CD with the Netgear WG511 card. But my question is essentially whether my laptop (produced before wireless networking was normal?) needs to have any special software/drivers to read and work with whatever is on the Netgear installation CD. In the end I won't know till I try it; but I thought that if I needed to do anything to prepare my laptop, I could get on with this in advance of trying to connect.