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Repairing and Upgrading WireLess LAN PCMCIA/CardBus/CF-Cards

Do you want to upgrade or repair a PCMCIA/CardBus/CF PC-Card? Here are links to free do-it-yourself instructions. If you have written a repair guide yourself (or if you know of a report not linked here), please submit a new entry.



3Com 3CRSHPW796Disassembly pictures.
BuffaloTech AirStation 54Mbps Wireless CardBus card (WLI-CB-G54)Pictures from the inside of the CardBus Card.
CNet CNWLC-811-3V Wireless PC-CardExternal Antenna Mod. This piece of surgery reveals the concealed PCB pads for an external antenna jack. A coalition of the willing was formed to expose the secrets of this PC-Card.
D-Link DWL-650 Air (aka Compaq HNW-100, Dr. Neuhaus FuryLANThe PC-Card does not have any means of connecting to an external antenna, but can be easily modified to do so.
D-Link DWL-650How to pry apart instructions to add a MMCX connector for an external antenna.
D-Link DWL-G650 AirPlus Xtreme Wireless G CardDisassembly to add an external antenna.
D-Link DWL-650+ AirPlus WLAN CardBusAttaching an external antenna to the wireless card.
D-Link DWL-650+ AirPlus WLAN CardBus (aka Pheenet WL-0022, USR 2210 etc)How to take apart and to 'pigtail' the card.
D-Link DWL-650+ AirPlus WLAN CardBus (aka TEW-301PC)Detailed explanation and pictures about pigtailing an external antenna (in Croatian).
LinkSys WPC11 PC-CardHow to add an external antenna.
NetGear MA401 PC-CardAn illustrated guide about adding an external antenna connector.
SMC EZ Connect SMC2632W WLAN PC-Card802.11b Mods: Adding an external antenna to a PCMCIA WLAN Card.
SMC-2632 PC-CardTransceiver modification to add an SMA connector for external antennas. This is an inexpensive (under $100 US Dollars) 802.11b wireless ethernet card. The thing that makes this card remarkable is the fact that the manufacturer left mounting holes in the PCB to accomodate a PCB mount SMA RF connector. With a little patience, soldering skills and crafty x-acto knife handiwork, you can modifiy your card to accomodate any antenna you deem necessary to close that RF link. The maximum output power of this card is 50mW.
Sony Ericsson GC83 Wireless Network CardMake a new antenna to replace the one broken off inside the PCMCIA card.
External WiFi Antenna in PCMCIA SlotAdd range to your laptop's WiFi card by installing a removable antenna which is connected to the internal wireless card via the PCMCIA card slot. You need: an antenna, a short pigtail connector, a pigtail to RP-TNC connector and a "blank" PCMCIA card.

How to Fit a WLAN PCMCIA Card Into a Laptop

Apple iBook Dual-USBHow to refit an iBook without AirPort card, with a Senao 200mW wireless PCMCIA card. With some dremel work on the antenna connector, the card just fits.
Apple iBook G3 Clamshell (Indigo)PCMCIA mod: how to use a cheap Orinoco Silver PCMCIA card (or any other card with Lucent chip) instead of an AirPort card. An illustrated explanation.
Apple iBook G3How to fit a DIY airport into the notebook.
Apple iBook G3 500 (IceBook)AirPort card mod: how to fit a Buffalo AirCard (or a card with the same Lucent chipset) into the case.
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