The Orinoco card I got an ebay arrived earlier – it was from New Zealand hence the delay.
Here is the installation procedure for this Wifi PC card:

  • Plug it in.

That’s it. Windows does the rest. Even Linux will do the rest (apparently). Contrast that with other cards where you need the manufacturer driver etc. Much easier just to plug it in.
I have to confess I had a small problem – I’d turned off Wireless Zero Configuration as a service so it didn’t work quite as fast, but it was close. I’ve also got a wardriving aerial for it which plugs into the Orinoco. I’d try running round the garden with laptop in one hand and aerial in another but I don’t think my chances are high 🙂

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