Friday, January 26, 2007

Dell PCIe Wireless


Abit AirPace Wi-Fi


I ordered a number of Optiplex 745 small form factor pc's and tried to ask for a wireless solution to go with them.  I was told that Dell recommends a USB wireless device that clips on the top of the case.

At any rate, I ordered the PC's and already had a medical PCI video adapter that needed to be installed in the PCI slot.  That left me with a PCIe x16 slot. 

Luckily, I was able to find a progressive company that made a PCI express (PCIe) x1 card that works with the second slot in the machines.  I don't know why there is only 1 manufacturer for the new format.  Apparently you can reuse the same driver code and need only change the hardware (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express).  Maybe this is a chicken and the egg problem.

Dell should really offer to sell these Abit AirPace Wi-Fi cards.