Can wifi pcmcia cards actually break? Like, not from actual physical abuse, but with age? I’ve got a wireless lan at home that used to work pretty well. Six laptops, six wifi pcmcia cards. Four are Lucent Technologies Silver Wavelan cards, two are a different brand. But all of a sudden, the Lucent cards only give us a very intermittent connection.

About as bad as I had in Malaga, in fact — and this time it’s my own fault and I don’t know what to do! Are the cards broken? Should the access point be dusted more often? Why do three out of six cards exhibit the broken behavior, but two others never?

Hardware, I’ll never understand it. Especially when it works with funny invisible waves.