802.11a pcmcia cards

Brooks Davis brooks at one-eyed-alien.net
Wed Mar 2 01:00:43 GMT 2005

On Wed, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:57:42AM -0000, Aidan Whyte wrote:
> Anyone know of any 802.11a (/ab/abg/ag/whatever) pcmcia cards that
> have an external antenna connector?
> I've read that they're hard to find because most 802.11a cards use a
> mix of 2 frequency bands to give more non-overlapping channels, but
> the FCC doesn't allow one of those bands to be used for external use
> so no equipment transmitting over that spectrum can have external
> antenna connectors.  I'm in Europe where this doesn't apply, but I
> still can't find any card with an external antenna connector :o/ If
> one was found that was known to work under freebsd that would be a big
> bonus :o)

I can't help you with a PCCard, but I've got a DLink AG PCI card with an
external antenna (how else :) so that's not likely the real issue.

-- Brooks

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