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    New use for a dead sky router

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      Wink New use for a dead sky router

      Upgrade ur laptop to 54g/108g wireless

      I have two apparently dead sky routers and while they are indeed bloody useless as adsl routers I have found one interesting use for them.....

      A m8 had an older laptop that had an 11mbps wireless card in it, so purely out of interest I removed the mini-pci wireless card from the sky router and stuck it his laptop, hey presto free 54mbps wireless, and when using his sky router, 108mbps. All I had to do was download the Atheros Wireless LAN Adapter 4.2.1 Driver which covers the Atheros AR5001, AR5002, AR5004, AR5005 and AR5006 chipset-based adapters, not sure which one is used in the DG384GT but it works sweeeeeeet.

      Cant remember where I found the drivers but if u cant google them just drop me a pm
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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      I will second that as it was my laptop nice one as it now connects at 108Mb

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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      i use mine to help keep the sofa level! - seriously its better than books

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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      Quote Originally Posted by PeteC View Post
      i use mine to help keep the sofa level! - seriously its better than books
      rofl, must be those little rubber anti-slip feet :P
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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      That is interesting.

      I have two questions:

      1) Will the mini pci card fit into a desktop pci slot?
      2) How do you take the netgear apart?

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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      Quote Originally Posted by dingdong View Post
      That is interesting.

      I have two questions:

      1) Will the mini pci card fit into a desktop pci slot?
      2) How do you take the netgear apart?

      1) Afraid the Mini-PCI format is only found in laptops -- usually under a flap on the bottom.

      2) It's probably the usual horrible concealed clip format so expect some case damage. Be very careful about static when handling the bare components -- earth yourself first or wear a wrist strap.


      My 'latest' laptop, a 650mhz Dell Inspiron has a modem in its mini-PCI. Am tempted to substitute an ex-Netgear wireless part -- mind you, purpose built Dell and other wireless mini-pci cards are on e-bay for under a tenner.

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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      Quote Originally Posted by fihart View Post
      1) Afraid the Mini-PCI format is only found in laptops -- usually under a flap on the bottom.

      2) It's probably the usual horrible concealed clip format so expect some case damage. Be very careful about static when handling the bare components -- earth yourself first or wear a wrist strap.


      My 'latest' laptop, a 650mhz Dell Inspiron has a modem in its mini-PCI. Am tempted to substitute an ex-Netgear wireless part -- mind you, purpose built Dell and other wireless mini-pci cards are on e-bay for under a tenner.
      Like the man says, mini-pci is laptop only I am afraid, not aware of any adapter cards that would make use of it. As for takin the router apart, its sooooo easy, simply flip open the small rubber feet and use a small security bit to remove the 4 screws, it them just splits into two parts with the PCB in the middle
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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      1. not really unless you have a spare " flap" hehe
      2. sledge hammer, nothing will work afterwards but very effective way to take it apart


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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      I use mine as a coffee pot.
      It's not that good either. It leaks from numerous places.

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      Re: New use for a dead sky router

      Blast it - i thought i could get a 108 MB connection for my 2 pcs using my "spare" two routers. ah well i guess i'll have to flog them on ebay

     

     
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