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Old 12-20-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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This is on the back of a Dell desktop pc I bought new about a year ago. Looks sort of like two coaxial (TV) cable ports (male) about 3/4 inch apart with two green lights in between. The lights stay on all the time.

The manual that came with the pc does not describe this, nor is it in the specs list on the box (at least not as far as I can tell). Been looking at images of the back of other Dells and can't find it either.

They don't bother me or anything, except I'm curious. Thanks.



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Old 12-20-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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Possibly antenna ports for a wireless card

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Old 12-20-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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Or they could be coaxial cable ends for a cable tv card.
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Thanks Crusher! Since your post I've been Googling those two things and I think you are correct. It almost looks like someone bought this pc, installed that port, then returned it. The installation doesn't look very neatly done.
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I have a Dell Latitude E6500 laptop. It doesn't have those co-xial ports nor does any other computer, regular tower or lap top, I've ever had. You might seriously want to call Dell because if it is an add on and someone returned it than it shouldn't have been sold again. The warranty also may now be void because they may think you did it.

Call and find out.
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Possibly antenna ports for a wireless card
+1 for the wifi antennae. My tower has 'em. I bought it from a person who di'nt have access to cable. Comes in handy, when I can't afford my cable bill ;-)
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Typically a wireless card on the back of a PC would only have one co-ax, but an antenna would have two.

Then again, an antenna typically wouldn't have led lights.

Go to start menu, control panels, system, device manager.

Click on network adapters. If it's wireless then you'll have two entries here.

If it's a tv tuner card, then it will probably show up under display adapters, but it might be an add-on to the primary video card.
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Pyper, here's what it says:

Network adapters:
  • Broadcom Netlink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet
  • DW1525 (802.11n) WLAN PCIe Card
  • Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
    ["This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)"]
Display adapters:
  • ATI Radeon HD 4200
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I did a quick google search on the dw1525 wlan card - http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqQOKpUE0Usc4FkrBN(epP79gg~~_35.JPG

That appears to be your mystery device.
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That's it, Crusher! How in the world did you find that picture!? I've been searching dw1525 wlan card for another site that describes what it's for, but only find talk about driver downloads.

Never mind I found them (on eBay). Thanks!

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Before twisted pair, Cat 5 came into use for networks, coaxial cables were used and were connected to these ports.
There were two types of networks. A ring network or a star network. On a ring network two ports were required to maintain the continuity of the ring!
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Before twisted pair, Cat 5 came into use for networks, coaxial cables were used and were connected to these ports.
There were two types of networks. A ring network or a star network. On a ring network two ports were required to maintain the continuity of the ring!
Incorrect on that about coaxial going to those ports. It has already been stated that it is Wifi, not bnc token ring. If it was, it would have only one connection point, and it would be a bnc connector, not a screw on. Plus for the wifi antenna, the ports are smaller than the ones used for tv.
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.... Plus for the wifi antenna, the ports are smaller than the ones used for tv.
True. Just checked them out. They are way smaller than TV ports.
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Usually they are RP-SMA connectors. http://www.ehow.com/list_7252491_wif...tor-types.html

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