Summary: Other than the limit on jumbo frames this card works great. There are previous comments on the card getting hot. This is not the case. The card will conduct internal heat from the laptop and appear to get hot, but if the laptop is cool then the card will be cool.
Pros: Easy install. Stick it in, add drivers and go.
Summary: I bought this with my eyes covered and my fingers crossed after purchasing the Rangebooster N version of D-Links PC Card lineup and having a really, really touch time getting the wireless version to install.
Pros: This card is a straightforward, easy install to my outdated Cardbus slot and makes for the cheapest way to triple my private network transfer speed over USB 2.0.
Cons: The form factor has limited use after being replaced by the Expresscard, especially version 2.0 of the slimmer standard. You will need to get it for cheap to justify the shorter timeframe that this is likely to be useful to you.
Summary: If your purchasing for newer computer, make sure you have a full size PCMCIA port, not the Express port, which has a half size notch.
Pros: Drivers fully compatible with Windows Device Manager, no need to load bloatware or secondary software, just point Windows to disk. Updated downloads available at D-Link web as well. Device performance is stable, no drop-offs/hickups. Used with Windows Server 2003, Server 2003 R2, XP Home, and XP ...
Cons: Not PCMCIA express, won't fit in new laptop, so I can't migrate it from my old laptop. I'd keep it indefinately otherwise. It still works great on full size PCMCIA ports, my new laptop only has the express port though.
Summary: Might work better if you have a cardbus controller other than TI PCI-1410/1420. Low speed not caused by CPU load - driver simply not trying to send faster than 37Mbps. D-Link tech unable to resolve. RMA'd the card. All RealTec 8169 based cards likely to have same issue.
Pros: It could have been faster than built in fast ethernet port.
Cons: Maximum Transfer rate under Win2K SP4 or XP SP2 was 37M bits per second out, 137 Mbps in. Native Fast Ethernet Port in same computer 94.5Mbps In/Out with same test setup (Iperf tool - no disk latency involved). Performance of D-Link card not improved with V1.10 D-Link drivers or RealTek 8169 nati...
Pros: Does what it says. We've used 4 of them to network a bunch of notebook PCs together for several months now, with no failures. This is the only way to add gigabit ethernet to a notebook that didn't have it built in.
Cons: You have to install a driver for it to work under Windows XP. This may be a slight annoyance if you are in a managed Windows network environment, as you'll need administrative access or to have an administrator install it for you.
Summary: I already have a D-Link wireless router, so I chose D-Link again to improve my chances at system-wide compatibility. I also know that I will be gradually upgrading my network to Gigabit speeds, but this is the first Gigabit item I have bought, so I can't say anything about speed gains with this...
Pros: This card has worked flawlessly for me on four different laptops (3 Thinkpads & 1 Dell) running 3 different Linux distributions and Windows XP. I did not need to install a driver on any of these machines or operating systems. They all detected and configured the card automatically.
Cons: As others have mentioned, the card is large. However, I have been able to use it alongside wireless PCMCIA cards on all machines. The fit is just snug.