Dual PCMCIA cards
Do you think this setup would work? I want to use an older laptop but it only has 1 USB port and 2 PCMCIA slots so I would need the PCMCIA 10/100 cards with the dongle to work.
Has anyone ever used this sort of setup?
I wanted to this on my IBM Thinkpad 600X (PIII 450), which has dual PCMCIA slots. After all, it'd be pretty neat to run it off a small (and otherwise useless) laptop.
Stupidly, I didn't even try to run pfSense/m0n0wall on it before I bought an additional of the 3Com Megahertz 10/100 3CCFE574BT card I already had, as everything I had thrown at it before worked fine and dandy. Anyhow, I tried it with m0n0wall (which pfsense is based on), which couldn't even recognize the cards.
From what I gathered when I was the most into this, it's kind of hard to find any good PCMCIA (16-bit at least) cards to use with m0n0/pfSense. The cards I got are stated as 10/100Mbit, but I have never achieved more than 10 Mbit thru www.bredbandskollen.se (swedish broadband testing site) altho I got 100Mbit line and otherwise get around 92 Mbit.
I think you'd need 32bit PC CARD slots on your laptop to get any decent performance, but of course, if you find a cheap, compatible 16bit card and don't have demands for more than 10Mbit, it could work out OK. Just don't buy any 3Com 3CCFE574BT cards..
thanks for the feedback.
Our service over in Canada is much slower (around 4-5 Mbits on average for DSL and Cable) so running slow broadband speeds is not much of an issue for me, I am just happy if it works.
I found a xircom 10/1000 dongle PCMCIA and I bought a 3Com 10/100 card today for cheap so hopefully it works out.