[MLB-WIRELESS] OEM 802.11 modules

Steve Smithies steve42 at gmx.net
Sat Aug 28 02:05:08 EST 2004

Rowan Crowe wrote:
> Do any 802.11 (b, g, whatever) modules with an interface besides PCMCIA or
> PCI exist? I'm interested in interfacing a microcontroller directly with
> such a module...  sort of like a 2004 version of the embedded ethernet
> craze of a few years ago.

Theres mini-pci, which is used in laptops ($15ish on eBay)... Or you 
could look for 802.11 chips that you put on a PCB layout of your own. 
For example, something like:




These are usually fairly self-contained, and require few additional 
components to make them go.  Some have separate chips for the 802.11, RF 
and amplifier stages, while some are all-in-one.

You can probably find a chipset that has the features you want, and 
allows you to interface to it in a simpler way that PCMCIA or PCI. 
Admittedly, they're not a module you can just plug in and use, though.


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