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Wireless Adapter Cards - Wireless Network Adapters


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PCI Wireless Adapter Card for Desktop Computers
Linksys WMP54G Wireless PCI Adapter

Linksys WMP54G Wireless PCI Adapter

PCI stands for "Peripheral Component Interconnect," an industry standard for connecting devices to a computer's central processor. PCI works by establishing a common interconnect called a bus that all connected devices share for communication. PCI is the most common interconnect used in desktop personal computers.

A PCI wireless adapter card connects to a desktop computer's PCI bus. Because the PCI bus is contained inside the computer, the unit must be opened and the wireless network adapter installed inside.

An example of a PCI wireless adapter card, the Linksys WMP54G (compare prices) is shown above. This unit is more than 8 inches (200 mm) long in order to accommodate the standard connection strip required to electrically join to the bus. The unit attaches and fits snugly inside the PCI, although the wireless adapter card antenna protrudes out the back of the computer.

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