CradlePoint MBR1200 Quietly Drops PCMCIA/PC Card Slot

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Monday, 13 February 2012

CradlePoint MBR1200 Quietly Drops PCMCIA/PC Card Slot

CradlePoint recently changed the packaging on the CradlePoint MBR1200 and apparently that is not all they changed.  CradlePoint has dropped the PCMCIA (PC Card) slot from the MBR1200.  While this isn't a big deal to many customers, for those that use older/legacy PCMCIA cards, this could be a huge deal, as the MBR1200 is the last CradlePoint router to support PCMCIA/PC Cards and some customers require this support.

There is no way to tell the difference betwen the "old" and "new" MBR1200 accept by the following:
  • MBR1200 with PC Card slot is still in older larger yellow packaging
  • The MBR1200 without the PC Card is in the newer cardboard brown packaging (no pretty packaging)
  • On the bottom of the new MBR1200, it will be labeled with hardware version 1.2 (H/W ver 1.2)
To make matters worse, the UPC is the same on both units.

Again, most carriers do not even offer PCMCIA/PC Card devices, they offer USB and ExpressCard devices so this change shouldn't impact that many, BUT for the people that it does impact, I am sure they are not going to be very happy with CradlePoint.

The CradlePoint MBR1200 is the last shipping router from CradlePoint that is still based on the older legacy operating system vs. the newer NetBSD as all older ones have reach end of life.

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