Am very much a newbie to this "wireless stuff." (I grin, and proceed.)
Plan on purchasing/installing a CardBus wireless adapter for my HP notebook. I've an HP ze5600 series (ze5607wm, actually) with a 2.6 GHz Intel Celeron; 256 MB SDRAM; 3 Gig HD, as I recall. Running XP Home Edition, service pack 2.
So ... this computer is about 7 years old. A mini pc wireless card was an option when new, but not installed: does have a CardBus adapter slot, however. So ...
1. Can this computer handle the newer CardBus cards? (Indeed, do you think it has enough "guts" to handle "N"?)
2. I've got to believe there is one: what manufacturer is the "stand out" insofar as product design and/or customer service?
Will be accessing a Ubiquiti Airmax wireless router about 120 feet distant, mounted about 10 feet off the ground, the walls of a "manufactured home" (and possibly a small corrugated storage shed) between it and the computer.
Any advice, comments, suggestions, cautions would be most appreciated: got involved with computers just as 286s were transitioning into 386s, but never swam in these waters before.
Your processor seems more than sufficient. I would want to upgrade your memory though. 256mb on windows xp is enough to get the OS running but as soon as you ask it to browse the net and run the additional wireless card it will start to choke and run slow as it will need to put extra data on the hard drive because memory is all used up. That slows down the computer because it needs to wait for the hard drive to spin up to access that data, rather than having it ready to go in the memory.