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Using External Wireless Card with an Internal wireless laptop

Okay, I'm not the greatest when it comes to computers, but I do know a few things about them. Is there any way to use my Verizon wireless card with my internal wireless. The only port I can see is for the Express card.

My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A305-6825 that I just recently bought at Best Buy and I am in the midst of moving and don't have the time to see the Geeks.

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  • Breezy52 Jun 19, 2008

    Okay, I understand now, but do I insert the Verizon card in the Express card port?

  • Breezy52 Jun 19, 2008

    Do I insert the Verizon Card into the Express port, or do I need an adapter?

  • Breezy52 Jun 19, 2008

    Thank you everyone for your assistance. Yes, I got it working, no thanks to my husband hanging over my shoulder telling me "What to do"! LOL



    This is going to be the first place I look for assistance on ANY product. Keep up the great work.

  • Breezy52 Jun 19, 2008

    Okay, I thought it was fixed. The slot for the card has a weird configuration. Think L shaped living/dining room, where it is longer on one side (left) than the right side. I DO feel that I need an adapter of some sort.
    HELP!!!!! I am moving today, and there is no internet until next week. I am already in withdrawls!!

  • Breezy52 Jun 19, 2008

    Okay, more info for you. I am using my own notebook as the "main frame". My husband who has the Verizon card has not received his notebook from his company yet. Must be snail mail!! So therefore, I am the "sole" user of this card.



    Any comments from the experts?

  • Breezy52 Jun 20, 2008

    Thank you Benimur! You have completely solved my problem. I will be off to the store tomorrow to pick up the USB to USB Card. I need it immediately or else I would order on-line.



    Many thanks, you're the best.

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To create a working connection:
1. In the Network Connections folder, right-click Wireless Connection, and then click Properties.
2. Click Configure, and then on the Advanced tab, configure your wireless network by using the available configuration options. The available options and option names may vary depending on the driver manufacturer.

The following list describes the basic configuration options:
• Service Set Identifier (SSID): This setting will match the configuration of your wireless access point or router. If you do not have an access point, this value will be the same on all the computers that are in your wireless network.
• Wireless Equivalent Protocol (WEP) or Encryption: Disable WEP on both the access point and in these properties for testing purposes.
• Mode or Network Type: If you have an access point, set this option to Infrastructure. If you do not have an access point and you are connecting computer to computer, set this option to Ad-Hoc.
• Data Rate: Set this option to Auto or to 11 Mbps.
• Power Save: For troubleshooting, set Power Save to Off or to Disabled. After the connection works correctly, you can change this setting.
3. After you configure these options, click OK to save your changes.
4. Test your connection. If a red "X" appears over the connection icon in the Network Connections folder or if you cannot connect, continue troubleshooting.
5. Click Start, click Run, and then type devmgmt.msc in the Open box.
6. In Computer Management, double-click Services and Applications, and then click Services.
7. In the details pane, right-click Wireless Zero Configuration, and then click Properties.
8. In the Startup type box, click Disabled, and then click OK.
9. Quit Computer Management, and then restart the computer.
With this configuration, you can connect to the wireless network if the other network configuration is correct. If the Wireless Connection icon appears in the notification area as a working connection, the wireless connection will work.


For Toshiba wireless troubleshooting tips
http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/Contents/Toshiba_teg/EU/GENERIC/files/C_05_Wireless-Troubleshooting-EN.pdf

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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  • Deeps . Jun 19, 2008

    If you experience issues when you try to connect to the network,
    double-click the Wireless Connection icon in the Network Connections
    folder to view the connection status. In the Connection status, there
    is a signal strength meter that you can use to verify the strength of
    the signal between computers.

    Strong signal

    If you still have trouble connecting but the signal strength is good, a
    different network configuration issue may be preventing communications.
    To resolve this issue, use standard TCP/IP troubleshooting techniques.

    Weak signal

    If you still have trouble connecting and the signal strength is not
    good or no signal is received, try the steps in the "Drivers That Do
    Not Support the Wireless Zero Configuration Service" section. If the
    method that is described in that section does not resolve the issue,
    contact the manufacturer to determine if the wireless network adapters
    and the access point are working correctly.

  • Deeps . Jun 19, 2008

    Insert the Verizon Card into the Express port,no need for adapter...

    Thank you for using fixya technical support.


  • Deeps . Jun 19, 2008

    Just check the manual on how to remove the plastic cover ,and after removing it insert the card into it..
    it can be removed by using nail..


  • Deeps . Jun 19, 2008

    Congrates...

    Thanks for using fixya technical support.You have a great day


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Using External Wireless Card with an Internal wire - 5fa34b4.jpg this works on it's own. like it is needed to connect to verizon wireless internet. your internal on the other hand is designed to work with a home networking equipment such a wireless router (one that is connected to the internet via DSL / Fiber / Cable / etc).

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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    monk3ybidzness Jun 19, 2008

    Yes, you need to insert it to work

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    monk3ybidzness Jun 19, 2008

    Hope this answers your question:

    Yes you can use that Verizon Wireless card with that Laptop.

  • monk3ybidzness
    monk3ybidzness Jun 19, 2008

    It is a PCMCIA card and laptops have PCMCIA ports (err hopefully all NEW laptops have one)

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    monk3ybidzness Jun 19, 2008

    Did I posted the correct image ? anyone ?

  • monk3ybidzness
    monk3ybidzness Jun 19, 2008

    Insert it please . . .


  • monk3ybidzness
    monk3ybidzness Jun 19, 2008

    Thanks Benimur

    Yes that's where it should go or feel free to look at the other side or at the back.

    Keep us posted and thank you for using our service.

    FixYa for all your troubleshooting needs.


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    monk3ybidzness Jun 19, 2008

    Thank you for using our service.

    FixYa.com - Consumer Electronics support, repair, manuals, faq, problems and solutions.


  • monk3ybidzness
    monk3ybidzness Jun 19, 2008

    Hello again !

    If the slot looks weird and you feel like an adapter is needed, go to the nearest geek store.

    Keep us posted and thank you for using our service.
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Hi,

The Verizon wireless card should work straight out as long as the IP configurations are correct. In effect you would have two (2) wireless networking with the Verizon as active/enabled/connected. Additionally, you can also turn off the built-in Toshiba high-speed 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN to save on resources. As long as you direct your Toshiba to connect to the Internet using the Verizon, there should be no issues. Of course, installation/configuration instructions are normally available with and in a CD that came with the Verizon.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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    Louie Role Jun 19, 2008

    Hi again,

    ohms posted an image of the card. It should plug in straight to the side slot/opening. In some instances there might be a detachable cover or a "dummy" card inside that should be removed.


  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Jun 19, 2008

    Ho adapter needed and yes it needs to be plug in to the PCM/CIA port on the left side as shown below.

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Jun 19, 2008

    Sorry for the typo, that should be "No adapter needed".

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    Louie Role Jun 19, 2008

    That's what FixYa is for and glad to be of assistance. Personally, appreciate the rating too.

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    Louie Role Jun 19, 2008

    Hi again,

    It would seem that your Verizon Wireless card uses the ExpressCard/54 (54 mm wide, in an L-shape shown in the middle in the below image).
    Your Toshiba laptop was designed to accomodate all sizes including the the Card Bus size (bottom of image). To my knowledge, only the new Toshiba Satellite P and X 200/205 series of laptops and desktop replacements have an ExpressCard/34 slot since April 2007.Your Verizon in ExpressCard/54 form factor will fit into both 34 mm and 54 mm card slots via a diagonal guide in the rear of the 54 mm slot that guides the card to the connector. Alternately, you can get an adaptor to USB similar to the one shown below
    (available http://www.synchrotech.com/product-usb/i..." target="_blank" rel="nofollow" >here) or this one
    http://www.everythingusb.com/hardware/re..." target="_blank" rel="nofollow" >here if you are finding it difficult to align you Verizon. Should you be interested, http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/sy..." target="_blank" rel="nofollow" >here is an informative discussion of Express Cards fitted to laptops.

    Hope this be of additional information that addresses your concern. Again, good luck.

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Yes you can

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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    Lee N. Jun 19, 2008

    ooops sorry about that, Yes you can you can install and have the either one be the default then when one is gone the other will work... you can also share the 3g connection with your other computers via the internal card, let me know what you are trying to do and i would be more than happy to help you :)

  • Lee N.
    Lee N. Jun 19, 2008

    yes insert it into the port and it should install automatically if the software is setup properly

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