The Newton MessagePad 2000-series devices had a little known internal slot intended for an integrated modem card that was never made by Apple. PCMCIA WiFi cards of this era do not support modern WPA2 encryption. This site outlines a project to build a WiFi board for this never-used internal serial slot that works with modern WiFi networks.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
WiFi Board v1.1
had a stencil made and used it to apply solder paste. Then I placed the components using a very simple "pick and place" rig:
Finally, I baked it in a toaster oven that I got for free at a garage sale, and a rocket scream reflow shield.
Everything works great. I consider this project a success. All thats left to do now is to 3D print a replacement for the plastic "plug" that covers the hole in the case.
Finally, a little application that uses the method mentioned in an earlier post to enable the board when the 'modem' port is opened: