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Dell C521 Low-profile System


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#1 newbie in hawaii

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 08:10 PM

I am trying to locate a wireless adapter card for this system, trouble is, the case is a low profile design, so expansion slots are, well low profile.....lol. That is, shorter than usual.
I have combed most major networking manufacture's websites with no luck, not even NewEgg has a listing.
Is this case design that new that such an item does not exist yet?
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Posted 16 May 2007 - 09:09 PM

No, however I cannot find a wireless adapter to fit a slimlline case. Why not just use an USB wireless adapter?
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Posted 17 May 2007 - 02:16 AM

No, however I cannot find a wireless adapter to fit a slimlline case. Why not just use an USB wireless adapter?


Thanks for the response bud,
I had started another subject on this elsewhere in this area earlier, probably should of continued there..........
Used a USB adapter ( Netgear ) as well a Netgear wireless router, which worked OK sometimes, for the most part , though, I would lose internet access for no reason at all..........very frustrating............
Another member suggested that I go with an expansion adapter instead..........I did buy one from compusa, however is is the regular size expansion slot device. I suppose that I could modify it to fit in my slot, a secure connection into the MOBO is an issue tho...........
Is it just Dell that is running this form factor??

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 02:33 AM

Hp and compaq and just about every retail pc maker have, at one point or another. Finding a card _wow_ that is a different story. I could not find that length slot cover on any site. I have used usb adapters on slimline pcs before, with good results. several things make sure that the router if physically located 5 to 8 feet off the ground, dont try to go more than 50 to 75 feet, try not to transmit through more than three walls, make sure that the receiving antenna is at least 5 feet off the ground, and buildings with metal framing cause virtually no reception. Try this web site its great: http://www.freeantennas.com/
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Posted 17 May 2007 - 12:31 PM

I'd check some of the local retailers and see if they'll let you crack open a few boxes - I seem to recall that there's at least one major manufacturer with a 1/2 height adapter included in the package.

Worst case, find a cheap card (they'll be smaller) and see if you can bend the case back adapter to fit.
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