The linksys Wireless PCMCIA Card is one of the cheapest you will find, but as with other things, you get what you pay for. I forgot this simple truth when I purchased this item, and I desrved what I got. The card fitted to my laptop works great in the same room with the wireless AP I use, but leave the room with the lap top and signal strength quickly downgrades.
If all you want is a wireless system that lets you update files on your lap top without re-connecting cables all the time, then buy this card. It works. But if you want to use the Internet and access a home network seemlessly and wirelessly anywhere in your house, buy the Orinoco Silver or Gold PCMCIA card instead. It costs a bit more, but the range is easily double that of the linksys.
By the way, the only differance between silver and gold is its encryption ability. If you don't care about encryption, save some money and go for the Orinoco silver card.
Reviewed by Mark E. Cooper