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. I can report this product works perfectly with no modification. The computer is running Linux kernel 2.4.36 with an unmodified IPCop 1.4.21 installation.
Summary: I had always used PCMCIA cards with that annoying little cord ("dongle"), and they invariably broke! Even when I was very careful, the connection would be lost, or the unit would become unusable. This "all in one" unit is compact and very convenient. It was simple to install, and the performance has been flawless. I am VERY pleased with this item.
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. They couldn't (read: wouldn't) just send me the installation CD. How's that for horrible support? Then they recommended that I call Amazon for them to send me the disk..
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). Before successfully installing the card, the PC would not recognize the drivers and crash. Customer Support (although helpful), could not rectify the situation.
Summary: This Linksys card is an amazing performer. I used a 16-bit Xircom Creditcard Ethernet 10/100 adapter, until the fragile dongle failed. However, this Linksys card has taken over with spectacular improvements in speed. Installation was simple (given that you understand your some very basic specifications regarding the PCMCIA slots of your computer). The card practically installed itself! Additionally, it is hot-swappable, works off low power-levels, and build solidly.
Horrible Linksys tech support--netgear a much better product
17 June 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. I even spoke with a Linksys supervisor that pretty much admitted they didn't know what they were doing. I also spent an hour on the phone with my OEM who also wasn't able to help me install.
Summary: I bought this card after my last LinkSys dongle failed me ! A new dongle costs about 30 $, so I'd recommend going for an ethernet card that does NOT have a dongle ! Dongles are really a pain sometimes ! This card was very very easy to install, just plug it in, plug in the floppy with the drivers and thats it ! It comes with a solid 5 year warranty, however Ive heard that the LinkSys help support staff isn't really that great with helping on this product.
Summary: I hate those little dongle things that most laptop EtherNet cards have, so this is a good sollution. Linksys makes good enough cards for most people and I like this better than the dongle. However, 3com, and Xircom both do a much better job with the "dongleless" laptop cards; however, they cost significantly more. If cost is a factor, and you hate the dongle this is a great sollution.
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. I purchased the item for an older Compaq laptop that had a dead R45 jack (lan) and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it worked with Windows and with Linux.