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19-03-2009, 10:06 AM

I have an Acer Extensa 5210 Laptop running Vista,and want to put a wireless lan card in.I am unsure which to use and would like some advice.
Would the one here.....http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Laptops/PC-cards/auction-208736703.htm .....be ok.Other recommendations most welcome.
I do not want a dongle type, the last one got broken when moving about,and I'm sick of dragging 30mts of cable around every time I move to a different area.


19-03-2009, 10:16 AM
According to this, the extensa uses Express Card and not PCMIA.
You will need to get a PCMIA

And option is also to get an internal wireless card


19-03-2009, 11:07 AM
Thanks for that,blam6

What about this one... http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Laptops/PC-cards/auction-207782385.htm ,or am I still way off track ?


19-03-2009, 01:47 PM
According to this site here (http://uk.shoppydoo.com/price-notebook-acer_extensa_5210.html) that model takes a PCMCIA II card (Lists Under Connections).

Assuming yours is the same the card you linked in Trademe should work - it simply plugs into the side of the laptop- Example 1 (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Card1.JPG) and Example 2 (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Card2.JPG) - thats on my 6 year old Acer, that doesn't come with built in wireless.

19-03-2009, 02:17 PM
Oops, I think I was wrong, its does use PCMIA.

Weird google results

This proves it is PCMIA:

BTW Any card will be fine really, this one looks good, and made by linksys too

19-03-2009, 02:39 PM
Thanks for the replies, very helpful.

My machine can take both Express card and PCMIA ll card,so it's good to know I have 2 options available.
I'll go with the one I linked to I think.

Thank you

John H
19-03-2009, 04:10 PM
I don't know if this is an unrepresentative situation, but the two PCMCIA cards I have used with a Toshiba laptop stopped working after what seemed like an unreasonably short time. I suspected overheating, because the cards were both very warm to the touch when they were removed. My vodafone PCMCIA card was very unreliable (and hot) as well, but that might have more to do with vodafone than the card - it was early days for accessing their network from a laptop.

Maybe they are meant to be hot like that...

I have had no problems with an inbuilt card in my Fujitsu laptop, and my daughter and son in law have no problems with the USB wireless lan on their desktop (I think it is an earlier version of this one http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/49c1b73a01f6f99e2741c0a87f3b0734/Product/View/XH0926).

Not sure if this is of any use to you, but for what it is worth this is my authentic and possibly unique experience...