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Cisco-Linksys WCF12 Wireless-B Network CompactFlash Card (Type I)

by Linksys

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  • Compatible with Windows CE 3.0 or higher
  • Up to 11 Mbps high-speed data transfer rate with automatic fallback
  • User-friendly software provides simple installation and configuration
  • Compliant with 802.11b, DSSS, 2.4 GHz Standard
  • Supports up to 128-bit WEP encryption security
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model: 90373489

Product Details

Product Manual [409kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 2.4 x 0.1 inches ; 0.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00006ELLL
  • Item model number: 90373489
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 11, 2002

Product Description

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Amazon.com Product Description Experience the speed and convenience of wireless networking on your PDA. The Linksys wireless CompactFlash card installs directly into your Pocket PC using a CompactFlash Type I or Type II slot. The user-friendly software makes it a snap to set up, and then you're ready to share data, printers, or high-speed Internet access over your existing wireless network at speeds up to 11 Mbps.

Use the wireless CompactFlash card to connect your PDA to the wireless network at the office, at home, or in any of the growing number of public wireless hot spots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels, and convention centers.

With the Linksys wireless CompactFlash card you'll get more of what you own a PD A for--information at your fingertips with total mobility.

The Linksys wireless CompactFlash card is compatible with Pocket PCs with a Type I or Type II CompactFlash slot; any ARM-, SH3-, or MIPS-based PDA running Windows CE 3.0 or later and Microsoft ActiveSync Utility 3.5 or later; and PCs or notebooks with at least a 200 MHz CPU, 64 MB RAM, a CD-ROM drive, and running Microsoft Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me, NT 4.0 SP6, or XP.

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere -- without wires. Outside of the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, airports -- great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

What Wireless Standard is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

One cold, lonely star for this one.
Reijomancer
Linksys does not have a driver for Pocket PC 2003 and does not have a schedule for releasing one.
Mirek
Linksys will not admit the problem, but just search on both products, and you will see.
Gadget junkie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By G. Eytcheson on December 7, 2002
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Bought this to use in my Dell Axim X5 device, and it works perfectly! The install was very smooth. The configuration utility was simple to master and handled both my 128 bit WEP and my non-standard SSID like a champ.
I routinely use it between two different wireless networks and can switch between their configurations with a couple of taps on the Axim's screen. Link and signal quality have been excellent even sitting in my car a couple of hundred feet away from the SMC2655W AP located in my home.
The only trouble I've had is with physically inserting the card in the Dell Axim device -- it takes quite a bit of alternating force and finesse to get it started into the CF slot. This thing is just a smidge wider than other CF cards which insert into the device with no resistance.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2003
I purchased this card to work with my Zaurus SL-5500 and had a difficult time setting it up. There was a user that gave some advice in a review of the product and made it sound so easy. Well, his method did not work for me. Here is the method that did work.
Hard reboot the system. When the reboot is finished, install the terminal ipk file. Once that is installed, use vi to edit the /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.conf file. Add an entry that says:
device "prism2_cs"
class "wlan-ng" module "prism2_cs"
at the top of the file. At the end of the file, ad an entry that says this:
card "Linksys WCF12 11Mbps 802.11b WLAN Card"
version "Linksys", "Wireless CompactFlash Card"
bind "prism2_cs"
Once you have done this, reboot the Zaurus and once it has restarted, insert the WCF12 card. The link light should flash and the ifconfig eth0 should return useful information.
Other than the difficulty that I had setting up the card and getting it to work the first time, I've not had any problems with the WCF12. It's a great card but it's hard to get it setup on the Zaurus if you don't know much about Linux.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2002
Well I just got this card in the mail today and it is performing flawlessly. I have an iPaq 3640 which has the PCMCIA jacket. I am actually writting this review and listening to streaming music on my iPaq right now. For those of you wondering, I am using a PCMCIA to CF adaptor.
When I turn my iPaq on it it takes about 2 seconds to link up to my wireless router. The drivers are very good. A small icon shows up in the bottom right corner of the iPaq on the "today" screen. From there you can change the speed of your conection, encryption, and a bunch of other network settings. You can also keep an eye on how good of a conection you have. At 11mb I only get down to a 60% conection quality at the bottom, inside of my house. That is going through brick walls and all.
My advice is to buy a wireless network and get this card for your PDA to greatly increase its usefulness, functionality, and gadgetyness.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Halloran on December 28, 2002
Network consists of a Netgear WAB102 802.11a and 802.11b dual band access point, Linksys WET11, Netgear WAB501 Cardbus for Compaq laptop, and a Dell Axim PDA using the WCF12. Had no problems installing it and immediately was surfing the net from the PDA. Network should be configured for DHCP for easy installation. Have had one problem that I don't think is with Linksys, Netgear access point stopped working on the 802.11a channel while 802.11b still worked. Cycled power and all was fine again. WCF12 was scanning away as it should be trying to make a connection. Have since upgraded the firmware in the access point so will see what happens... Also no problem inserting the CF card in the Dell Axim as a previous reviewer did. May be a manufacturing tolerance problem which I lucked out on.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tally on January 28, 2003
Clicked it right into my Dell Axim, running a LinkSys wireless router. Installed software on my Pocket PC, recognized the wireless network and I was surfing the internet!
Works great, it eats the battery pretty fast, but not too bad if you check "Auto Power Save" in the options. Besides most of the time, I use it to sync my device with my office computer upstairs without going upstairs, then disable it. By the way, I used to have a wcf-11, this new model wcf-12 is A LOT smaller!! Perfect, I hate huge CF devices sticking out of my Pocket PC
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By nagappa on February 18, 2003
I bought the Linksys WCF12 WiFi card for my Sharp Zaurus SL5500. It's worked flawlessly so far in my wireless network (with SMC Barricade 7004VWBR Access Point/Router).
Keeping the Sharp Zaurus with LinkSys WiFi card by my bedside, I am able to browse Roger Ebert's movie reviews from bed!
There are two reasons I am rating it a 4 and not a 5:
1. My first Linksys WCF12 card was defective and did not connect to the internet. I exchanged it for a new one and have been a happy camper since.
2. This card is a bit power-hungry in my Sharp Zaurus.
A note about getting the Linksys WCF12 card to work with the Zaurus. Another reviewer (see firecrafter695's review , Jan 15, 2003) gave details about getting it to work by editing the "wlancfg.conf" file found in the "/etc/pcmcia" directory, and adding the necessary lines. This should get the card working in most cases.
However, apparently, there are chipset differences between batches of WCF12 cards (or so we are told, reading the postings in the Zaurus community website forums). So, you may also need to do the following in addition to editing the "wlancfg.conf" file:
1. Create a new file called "wireless.conf" in the "/etc/pcmcia" directory and add the following exact lines:
device "prism2_cs"
class "wlan-ng" module "prism2_cs"
card "Linksys WCF12 11Mbps 802.11b WLAN Card"
version "Linksys", "Wireless CompactFlash Card"
bind "prism2_cs"
2. Copy the file "sq_wlancfg.conf" from the "/etc" directory to a new file called "wireless.opt" in the "/etc/pcmcia" directory.
(NOTE: Do not overwrite "wireless.opts". It is an existing file and not to be confused with "wireless.opt").
This should get the Linksys WCF12 WiFi card working with the Zaurus after rebooting.
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