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Wireless adapter... [Aug. 17th, 2007|09:00 am]
The Love Bug
My work laptop is wireless-ready, but the wireless module wasn’t installed at the time it was ordered. These modules cost a fortune, so work are not prepared to purchase one. I put in a quote request for a PCMCIA wireless card, and was told it was going to be about £55+VAT - I could by one for a tenner, but I’m not permitted to install the software. Don’t get me wrong, I physically can install the software, but I’d be severely rollocked for doing so.

So, what I’m looking for is this...

A wireless LAN adapter, which you connect to your laptop via an ethernet cable, which is powered via USB. Kind of like the ASUS WL-330gE, but I cannot find anywhere in the UK that stocks it.

Any suggestions - either of alternative devices, or of places where I could get the WL-330gE - would be very much welcomed.
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[User Picture]From: dottey
2007-08-17 02:05 pm (UTC)
I've never thought about such a device. Seems perfect for your needs. Too bad you can't find it where you are.

I guess a USB-only alternative would also require drivers. That is a shame.

Does your company have any approved wireless solutions (that you could get them to pay for, or at least install once you purchase it?) Is your company building wireless-ready?
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2007-08-17 05:42 pm (UTC)
The corporate-approved PCMCIA card solution is the only one they will sanction, but my boss isn't too happy about approving the cost... as there's two of us who want it.

The office isn't wireless ready (at least not for corporate use)... this is so that I can work from home and not have to be packed away at the back of the house away from everyone else.
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[User Picture]From: jena
2007-08-17 03:41 pm (UTC)
We have a device that plugs into the USB and is like a little antenna that sits next to the laptop... I'm not sure if there is something like that you can use...

If it turns out that you can find the device you want in the US, let me know. I'd be more than happy to send it over to you.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2007-08-17 05:45 pm (UTC)
It's not a true USB device I want... I only want the USB to be used to provide power to the device, as a true USB device would need drivers, and the company won't let me do that.

I might take you up on the other offer though! :o)
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[User Picture]From: jena
2007-08-17 06:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, right. Why won't they let you install drivers/install them for you, again?

Take a look at NewEgg.com and see if they have something to your liking - they are an excellent discount site. Like I said, I have no problem mailing it over - I've actually been putting together a package of gifties for the girls that I keep meaning to send! :)
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2007-08-17 09:19 pm (UTC)
Software installation rules... we need to be careful that we don't break software licencing rules, so the company has to sanction all software installations.

I'll check that site out, thanks :o)

Ooh, package of gifties? That's really nice!!
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[User Picture]From: jena
2007-08-18 01:26 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. I have the same issues at work - they keep our network locked down like it's national security (which I suppose isn't saying much in my country anymore) and I have to *BEG* to get anything installed. That makes me nuts, but luckily I make it an Educational Issue Of Primary Importance To The Proper Education Of Our Students and it usually gets taken care of.

Let me know if you find anything on that or any other American sites.

I've had this box of pressies for the girls since before Cara was born, but then when Caroline said she was having Cara, I held off and starting putting some things in there for her. I like spoiling cute little ones. :)
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