[NTLK] WaveLAN card and Airport sucks batteries

From: Charles P. Daghlian (Charles.P.Daghlian_at_Dartmouth.EDU)
Date: Wed Mar 13 2002 - 17:04:13 EST


I have managed to get a WaveLAN (silver, etc) card in a MP2100 working with
Airport (latest version). I have my iMac connected via ethernet and the Airport
card configured as a software base station. Airport automatically forwards the
network connection. All very nice.

One thing I have noticed is the vastly increased battery usage when the card is
active. if the batteries a draining with about 55mA current with inactive
WaveLAN and no backlight, it jumps to about 250mA or more when the card is
transfering data. Unless you want to lug around a big old battery in a case, or
can find a much better battery than the standard (or even rebuilt) battery
packs, walking around with a wireless connection is not too likely. Still, it is
nice to be able to use the WaveLAN card.


Charles P. Daghlian, Ph. D.
Director, Rippel E. M. Facility
7605 Remsen
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
603-646-1039 / FAX 603-650-1637

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