Summary: I don't normally review products on Amazon, but I feel this is important. I have an old Linux laptop running as my firewall (IPCop if it matters). I needed a second NIC. There is not much information about the PCM200 and Linux compatibility.
3 1/2 Please Read This If Driver Problem for Linksys 200
M. Allen Greenbaum, Amazon
27 December 2003
Summary: I can verify what others have said here: The Linksys "Etherfast Integrated Ultra-Fast 32-bit PC Card" (also known as model PCM200, v.2), works well once installed, but there can be major problems with installing the associated "driver," and technical support was not satifactory.
Summary: The Linksys PCM200 is a good card. However, users with SystemSoft on their laptops should read the extra installation steps required to install the card available from Linksys' Knowledge Base. I'm running a Pentium 233 MHz with Win95b and SystemSoft (a 3rd party utility for managing PCMCIA cards).
Horrible Linksys tech support--netgear a much better product
31 July 2003
Summary: I previously used Linksys PCMPC100 until the "tail" broke on my coupler, so I tried the PCM200. I spent 2 days with 5 different techs from Linksys trying to install the PCM200 with Windows 98 without success.
Don't buy this product unless you enjoy horrible support...
13 July 2003
Summary: I bought this product and when it arrived the installation CD wasn't in the package. I called Linksys and after an extremely long wait on hold was told they would be happy to replace the package I received...as long as I paid for shipping both ways.
Summary: This product was purchased from "Worldwide Distribution" through Amazon.com and they get 5 stars out of 5 for prompt shipping and quality of product. I received the item well before the 14 day estimated shipping time.
Summary: I've had other cards (xircom, 3com) that are erratic and troublesome. Sometimes requiring 3 or 4 reboots/power resets before they will start recognizing the network and passing data. The Linksys (running on a Pentium 266, Win95) just plain works without a hassle.
Summary: This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. When the term plug-and-play was originally introduced, devices still required driver disks. However, this is really plug and play! I have Windows XP and this device works great.