Many of our readers have recently bought the Dell Axim or may have another PDA device that offers CompactFlash expansion. A fantastic add-on for the Axim using its CompactFlash expansion is a Wi-Fi card for surfing the web and checking email.
We’re into finding bargains on good products here at bargainPDA.com, and right now such a deal can be had on the Linksys WCF12 Type I Wireless card. By plugging this into the CompactFlash expansion area on your PDA (such as the Axim) you’ll be able to surf the web, send and receive emails, instant message friends and see other devices on a network. Cards like this cost over $100 until recently, but with a rebate from Linksys combined with an Amazon sale and free shipping, this card is available for $54.99. Following are a couple of reviews from a purchasers of the Linksys Wi-Fi card:
“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.”
“Got hooked up to my D-Link Wireless Router in under 30 minutes. The card is awfully tight in my Dell Axim (like the previous reader indicates) but it works like a champ. The range is good and the transfer rates are outstanding.
If you have a PDA and want to go wireless, this is the card for you!”
So the moral of the story is, the cost of a wireless card; $54.99. The ability to check email on your Axim from your couch; priceless!