So to make my little Toshiba a little more useful and mobile, I purchased a wireless card and a PCMCIA CF card adapter.
Why the CF card and not USB?
It is possible to just get the PCMCIA to USB adapter, but I don’t really like it that much. Here are a few reasons why I prefer a PCMCIA CF adaptor.
- I already own a CF to USB adapter.
- I don’t like bulky USB ports hanging out.
- A CF card fits neatly and adds an extra drive.
- A PCMCIA CF adaptor is half the price of a PCMCIA USB adapter.
- If my CF card in the Libretto dies, I have a spare CF card within reach.
Enough reasons, so let’s start…
- Windows 95 CD ROM
- Drivers (found in download section)
- PCMCIA CF adapter
- PCMCIA Cisco Aironet 340
Installing the Cisco Aironet 340
Go to the device manager and select your Cisco Aironet 340 PCMCIA card and update the drivers.
During the installation you will be asked to provide a workgroup and a computer name.
Reboot the computer and you will be asked to provide a network username and password. This time you can fill in whatever you want.
Now with the drivers done, install the Cisco utilities.
Now add the settings of your access point. I use an open guest network at home which shows a login screen. It’s the easiest to setup for this card, as the card doesn’t really support any encryption beyound WEP(128bit key).
With these associations done with your AP, you will need to add TCP/IP and NetBEUI. NetBEUI is a protocol used for translating names to IP’s, I don’t believe you really need it but I’ll just add it to be sure. TCP/IP you need for sure! It’s the backbone of modern day networks, but Windows 95 doesn’t includes this protocol by default.
Easy to fix. Go to the ‘Network’ part of your ‘Control Panel’
Once there add the two protocols: ‘Microsoft>NetBEUI’ and ‘Microsoft>TCP/IP’
With this done you should be able to ping your router. (Tip: Start > Run > ‘winipcfg’ shows your current ipconfig was ‘ipconfig’ wasn’t supported yet by Windows 95)
Now open your Internet … This will show you a wizard to configure your internet. The only thing important with this wizard is ‘use Local Area Network’. (Also I don’t want messaging.)
Start the browser, and voila you are online. Strange enough the Microsoft welcome page doesn’t seem to cope quite well with such an old browser.
Luckily google (is the only one that) does.
That’s it for adding wireless to such an old machine. Now let’s expand our disk space.
Adding the PCMCIA CF Card
So if you installed the PCMCIA drivers, you can just insert the card and Windows 95 will pop up a ‘New Hardware’ found wizard.
The drivers for this IDE/ESDI card can be found in the downloads section below. Just move to the folder where you extract them and your new CF card is ready to use. I find a CF card an easy way to transfer files between two PC’s.