Thursday, June 12, 2014

Xircom PE3 & Combo Card

I just read Gough's Tech Flashback: Intel EtherExpress PRO/100 Mobile Adapter. I installed a few of those back in the day. He nails it here:
"The connector itself is very small and has securing latches which “click” into place to engage with the card. It’s also very thin and protrudes from the card a significant distance. As a result, these things were a pain in the ass to use, as they can easily be carelessly yanked from the card at an angle, causing the connector to crack or be damaged."
It also reminded me of the Xircom PE3 Parallel Port Ethernet Adapter. If all else failed, we could always get a PC on the network with one of them. I never went anywhere without one or two in the tool bag.

(Pic from here)

We also liked the Xircom combo Ethernet and modem card. It took up both PCMCIA slots, but it eliminated the need for the dongles. Of course, this was all in the olden days before they started building all these things into the laptops.


  1. The pocket adapter had a cool feature... The red "grip" rotated around the adapter and simultaneously turned the screws to hold it firmly in place on the laptop. However, the Xircom combo card was the best one on the market. Fit safely inside the dual PCMCIA slot and didn't require any dongles to connect either a phone or ethernet cable. I bet I still have one!