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Here are some computer hardware and software items you might be interested in at Check them out quick, becuase they’re only good for a few more days or while supplies last.

CA Internet Security Suite

CA Internet Security Suite

Free Internet Security Software. How’d you like to spend $80 for Internet Security software, and then get your $80 back, and keep using the software? Well, you can do just that when you buy Computer Associates Internet Security Suite Plus 2009. Pay $80 now and then get $80 back with a mail in rebate from Computer Associates. You can install the software on up to 5 computers. The software is stored in a 1GB Flash Drive. The software package is a bundle of 7 programs, and includes (1) Anti-Virus, (2) Anti-Spyware, (3) Anti-Spam, (4) Anti-Phishing, (5) Personal Firewall, (6) Parental Controls & Backup and (7) PC Files & PC Setting Migration. Mail-in Rebate expires on 9/30/2009.

Iomega Prestige Portable HD

Iomega Prestige Portable HD

250 GB Portable Hard Drive, $60. I can remember a time when hard drives didn’t hold much more than 10 floppy disks could, and those drives were HEAVY. Now we have hard drives that hold millions of floppy disks worth of data, and they weigh so little. One such drive is the Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drive for $60. It holds 250 GB of files, connects to any computer with a USB port, gets fast data transfer rates with USB 2.0 technology, and it weighs less than a pound. I compared this price to the Iomega 250GB Prestige Portable Hard Drive on, and take a look at who ships and sells it for Amazon. Pretty funny, huh?

Looking for an LCD monitor? Why not check out this 22-inch Widescreen LCD Montor from AOC for $139.99. You can also look this one up under AOC 2217V 22-inch monitor at Look at the shipper and seller, again. (wink) I told you was a great company.

Netgear Wireless B/G/N

Netgear Wireless B/G/N - Recertified

Over the weekend, a friend of mine called up looking for information on setting up a wireless network in their home this week. I told them they’ll need a wireless router and some wireless adapters for their desktop and tower PCs. If you need a wireless adapter, then here’s a price that’s really a steal: $8.97! This is the Netgear WG311 PCI Wireless Network Adapter which can be found for anywhere between $30 and $60 elsewhere, and you can get it for less than $10. It’s recertified, but all that means it someone got it as a gift and didn’t want it, or they bought the wrong one and took it back for an exchange, etc. It’s been repackaged for resale. It’s just a pre-owned item.

This wireless adapter supports all the WiFi standards: B, G, and N. I was looking at Wireless N adapters a few months ago, and they were going for about $60. I know someone who’s trying to setup a dozen PCs for wireless. A dozen of these re-certified adapters will only cost $107. I be lucky to get 2, maybe 4, new ones for that price elsewhere.

Wireless Adapter Driver Needed

wmp11A reader asks:

I recently purchased a new computer, and installed the wireless adapter from my old PC in it, but I haven’t been able to get it to work at all. The labelling says it’s a Linksys Wireless B WMP11 adapter. Where can I get the software to make it work?

I’m assuming you have a Windows computer. I’m surprised it didn’t just work with the Windows drivers, but your wireless device may be about 6 or 7 years old, as it was initially released around 2002.

Regardless, you can download the driver for the Linksys WMP11 Wireless-B PCI adapter here:

But you will need to know which “version” of the adapter card you have. The two versions are Version 4.0 (2003) and Version 2.7 (2002). This information can be found printed on the adapter card, but you might need to remove it again in order to get this information. It should be imprinted on the blue and black label you see in the picture above.

If you have version 4.0 you will see that there is a Setup Wizard which can be downloaded to help you configure the device. My link in the prior sentence will take yoy directly to the download page for it.

Linksys also provides instructions for updating the driver here:

Feel free to contact me if you run into trouble.

Do I have wireless on my laptop?

A reader sent the following messages the other day on Twitter:

I am almost certain my laptop doesn’t have a wireless card.
How can I check whether I have a wireless adapter?
If I don’t, which one should I purchase?
Tell me how to check if there’s a wireless card internal.

My first suggestion was to go to the manufacturer’s web site and look up the model number of the laptop, but once they asked how to check the laptop directly, this is the approach I suggested:

Assuming you have a Windows computer, try this:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > System
  2. Click Hardware > Device Manager
  3. Click the “+” by “Network Adapters”
  4. See if a “wireless” device is listed.

The common wireless designations/varieties are B, G, and N. G being the oldest form, and N the newest. (No, N is not for New. At least, I don’t think so. Anybody know?) Many of the newer ones are backwards compatible, so a G can receive B and G, and many N’s can receive all 3. N adapters are a little expensive, and if the wireless router/transmitter isn’t using N, then there is no advantage. So, I usually recommend getting a Wireless G adapter.

Most wireless adapters are about the same in price. I’d recommend getting one that supports Wireless B and G. You can either get them with a PCMCIA connection or a USB connector. USB is the most versatile. Linksys and D-Link are good wireless adapters. They cost about $40 to $60 at Best Buy or Staples.


I am an avid proponent of wireless security. I also prefer wired connections over wireless connections. In urban and suburban areas there are too many sources of interference from other wireless devices, neighboring wireless networks, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, and microwave ovens. So if you intend on using wireless frequently, I recommend installing Network Magic from Pure Networks (A Cisco company) on your laptop. If you are using wireless at home, you can install it on any other computers in your household. I have seen Network Magic solve countless problems with home wireless networks.

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