D-Link DCF-650W CompactFlash (CF) type
II Network Card (note the
DCF-660W type I card replaced the 650W and works in Pocket PCs
with either a type I or type II slot)
The software, available for Pocket PCs, Pocket PC 2002 PDAs and
Handheld Windows 2000 devices with CF type II slots is comprehensive
and simple to use. Pocket PC 2002 drivers are available at http://support.dlink.com/products/view.asp?productid=DCF-650W and
Pocket PC/WinCE 3.0/Handheld Windows 2000 driver ship in a CD ROM
in the box. Once you install the control panel applet, you'll launch
the D-Link program and configure your card using a simple tabbed
interface that allows you to specify DHCP vs. assigned IP address,
base station ID (the card can detect the base station and network
automatically cool), ad-hoc vs. infrastructure connection,
and more. If you choose to enable encryption on your network, the
D-Link will allow you to configure 64 or 128 bit WEP encryption,
and you can enter the WEP key as Character, pass phrase or hex.
The configuration parameters are as robust as any full-featured
notebook 802.11b card. What's more, the drivers are good. Configure
your card correctly for your network and you'll be up in no time.
The 650W worked perfectly in both our Casio E-200 and iPAQ 3835
with DHCP and 64 bit encryption connecting to our first generation
Airport base station. Static IP addresses and no encryption worked
like a charm as well. Just insert the card in the slot and the
driver loads and you have nearly instant Internet access.
The card works well with the Casio E-200 (that PDA can be picky
about power requirements for CF cards, but the 650W is well within
tolerance) and our iPAQ which was wearing a PC Card sleeve and
a CF type II to PC card adapter (D-Link and other vendors sell
this adapter). The card also works well using Compaq's CF sleeve,
we just use the PC Card sleeve more often since we use both kinds
Power consumption is somewhat battery-friendly at 170 mA when
sleeping (not transfering data) and 280 to 380 mA during use. These
numbers are middle of the road among network and modem CF cards.
If you really want to conserve power, look at the Socket card below.
I've got to give this affordable card a big thumbs up. It's inexpensive
at $100 US or less, works with any Windows-based PDA that has a
type II CF slot (most any Pocket PC other than the HP Jornada line
which has a type I CF slot, sadly) and has separate LEDs for power