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Wi-Fi Stats

Common Wi-Fi Card Stats

The following are all stats for operating in 802.11b mode where there is a choice (e.g. for cards with a/b/g support). This pretty much gels with anecdotal experience with these units---the 350s rock, the a/b/gs are slightly more sensitive, the 2100s have poor range and seem to contribute to battery lifetime woes, and the 2200s feel close performance-wise to external cards.

Minimum Receive Sensitivity

Card1Mbps (dBm)11Mbps (dBm)
Cisco Aironet 350 Series PCMCIA-94-85
Cisco Aironet a/b/g PCMCIA-94-90
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100-89-82
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200-97-88

Maximum Transmit Power

CardOutput (mW)
Cisco Aironet 350 Series PCMCIA100mW
Cisco Aironet a/b/g PCMCIA100mW
Intel PRO/Wireless 210040mW
Intel PRO/Wireless 220040mW

Maximum Power Consumption

CardTransmit (mA)Receive (mA)Sleep (mA)
Cisco Aironet 350 Series PCMCIA45027015
Cisco Aironet a/b/g PCMCIA539327203
Intel PRO/Wireless 210060645561
Intel PRO/Wireless 220054542418

Card Notes

  • Cisco Aironet 350 Series PCMCIA data is from Cisco. I believe this is discontinued, but is basically the gold standard in PCMCIA 802.11b cards.
  • Cisco Aironet a/b/g PCMCIA data is from Cisco. Straightforward to use on Linux now that MadWifi is very mature.
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 is from HP. This unit the common internal 802.11b wi-fi option on HP Compaq tc1100 tablet computers.
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 is from HP. This unit is the common internal 802.11b/g wi-fi option on HP Compaq tc4200 tablet computers.
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