With all the highfalutin and confusing talk surrounding technology, it’s very easy for you to get lost when left to your own devices about something as seemingly simple as buying devices for your computer or laptop. Memory card, memory stick, router, sound card, platform, and operating system – to the common man, these are not even heavy duty tech stuff that when put together makes your computer or laptop function well. The heavy duty tech stuff comes in when talk turns to Decryption, Encryption, Teraflops, Android, and horror of horrors, Formulas. It’s a good thing all you have to do for now is learn how to buy a notebook adapter card. It’s an easy errand to accomplish.
- Determine why you’re buying and if you need to buy. If you’re buying for a notebook that you have been using for some time now, you just have to extract the manufacturer and specs information from the notebook’s operating manual and the driver manual and you are set to buy exactly what’s written there. On the other hand, if you’re buying for a newly acquired notebook, check if the notebook came with a built-in adapter card (it’s there for sure). On the case of the latter, it probably just needs to be checked if it was installed properly in its slot. The third scenario is if the built-in adapter card is not in its slot, then you will most definitely have to buy a new one.
- Research the brand first. There are literally hundreds of notebook adapter cards in the electronics market but you can narrow it down to six crème de la crème devices: StarTech.com Wi-Fi Detective; Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter; D-Link DWL-G650 AirPlus Xtreme G Wireless CardBus Adapter; Proxim Orinoco 11a/b/g ComboCard Gold; Airport Extreme Card; and the Hawking Tech. Hi-Gain Wireless-G Laptop Card. Feel free to gather information on each one beginning with this: mobileoffice.about.com/
- Find out which adapter card will work with your brand of choice. After your research is done, you now have something that you feel is a standout from the rest.
- Finalize a budget. The adapter card can be bought for $80.00 (brand new) and $50.00 (refurbished). The adapter card is about the size of your credit card, a sure sign that using your credit card to make this purchase is A-okay.
- Find a supplier or a retailer. Any which way that will work for you. If you are technologically savvy, you are most likely to get your notebook adapter from the manufacturer website itself or an online store. If you have reservations about making online purchases, go buy it from an electronic or computer store that you frequent. Make sure to stash the receipt where you can find it just in case and always make it a point to send the warranty card in.
It’s understandably annoying for you to read technical information about computer-related topics, but you kind of have to when you have time to spare. Knowing more about how computers work will in turn let you use it wisely and to a greater advantage.