Which CompactFlash/PCMCIA WiFi card would you recommend for an IBM z50 Workpad HPC? It has Windows CE 2.1 and a MIPS processor. Besides, it comes with Pocket Internet Explorer on the ROM, so it was meant to have internet access.
That is a ComboCard which is 32-bit (they typically have the easily spottable gold connector) I believe and HPCs only accept 16-bit PCMCIA cards.
There are Proxim Orinoco card drivers in the HCL, but you have to make sure that any Proxim model you find on eBay is listed in there to be sure it will work with Windows CE. Do a search for "orinoco" in the HCL and you'll find the Orinoco cards that are and aren't compatible with CE.
If I had to choose a wifi card for my HPC's, I would choose an Orinoco Gold for more then three reasons ...
1. It is compatible with a vast range of vintage HPC's, ranging from CE 2.0 onwards.
2. It seems that everyone is recommending it along with the Linksys card, and
3. It is not hard to find, on Ebay there are still cards sold brand new for less then £15.
... 4. Just desire that name ... 'look! I've got an Orinoco GOLD!'
With users that only use CE 3.0 or CE 4.2 for their HPC's, a Linksys card would make more sense as this has an easy setup configuration, more modern I think, and is plug and play on CE 4.2 models.
Hope this helps choosing a wifi card.
I don't have an Orinoco Gold yet, but I will get one sometime cause I want Internet!