New Wi-Fi card makes old laptops feel young

External USB card sits in its own cradle and provides next-generation 802.11n technology.

Asus

This is an ideal accessory for those unfortunate enough to still be lugging around a laptop that doesn't have a built-in Wi-Fi card. If you're tired of hiding that embarrassing protrusion from the slot of your notebook at Starbucks, now you can get something that will give you wireless access and make you look like a cutting-edge geek at the same time.

Asus has come up with what it calls "the world's smallest 802.11n USB 2.0 card," which comes with its own cradle that plugs into your computer and proudly sits upright in full view like an announcer's microphone. Not only that, but it really is on the forefront because the company says it works with the latest version of 802.11n Wi-Fi (100 Mpbs) as well as the older "b/g" speeds, according to Slippery Brick. So take heart: That Pentium dinosaur of a laptop may still have some life in it yet.

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