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  • Sub $150 Small, Programmable wifi device?

    I am in search of a cheap, pocketable wifi device. I want to be able to control my car pc using it. Anyone know of one?
    My Nearly Complete Car:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

    Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
    http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

    Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
    http://paulfurtado.com/

  • #2
    Define control? You could get a remote start and use its lock/unlock/start outputs to turn your PC on and off if that's all you want to do.
    "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
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    • #3
      Yeah by control I mean a bit more than that. The device should have a screen on it and some buttons to control it.
      My Nearly Complete Car:
      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

      Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
      http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

      Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
      http://paulfurtado.com/

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      • #4
        For $150 or less? I don't know of anything like that. More expensive? sure but not that cheap.
        "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
        RevFE
        My Shop

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        • #5
          You could probably get a used Nokia N810 for about that amount. It has wifi and a VNC client for controlling a PC. It also has bluetooth and gps. I really like mine.
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          • #6
            Used iPod Touch plus vnsea and you can control the PC via a WiFi connection.
            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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            • #7
              Thanks wi77iam, definitely going to look into that.

              And Bugbyte, an Ipod touch was my original plan, but I have been bidding on ebay for a week and they all end up selling for over 150 unless they're broken.

              When I say control my computer, they just need to support enough programming that I can make an application to control the computer. VNC is far too slow, although definitely useful to have when something crashes.
              My Nearly Complete Car:
              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

              Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
              http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

              Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
              http://paulfurtado.com/

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              • #8
                The N810 has led me to the N770 which can be had for under 100 dollars easily! Nice. It runs linux so it is very programmable. Looks like I found what I'm looking for.
                My Nearly Complete Car:
                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

                Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
                http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

                Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
                http://paulfurtado.com/

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                • #9
                  I'm still welcoming more suggestions, just in case something much better comes up...
                  My Nearly Complete Car:
                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

                  Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
                  http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

                  Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
                  http://paulfurtado.com/

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                  • #10
                    You could buy any windows mobile device, like the dell axim models.

                    There's many VNC controlling software available for the windows mobile devices. Windows mobile/Pocket PC's are so cheap to pick up on auction sites and classifieds anymore. If you're running roadrunner, there's many Winamp-based controller software for windows mobile available for free too.


                    I personally just use my iphone, works super great the software iTap is a multitouch trackpad(mouse) interface and keyboard interface with programmable macro functions too. This is all automatic too, the iphone/ipod connect to your car's wifi automatically and windows/os-x will use itaps server software to automatically be ready for control. It also works as a perfect direct remote by just connecting to the car computer through VNC. Always works on the fly.

                    There's a lot of iphone/ipod software out there and a lot more in the making. I hope someday soon someone makes a Roadrunner/Centrafuse plugin that allows a perfect match between the iphone and ipod with a complimented App to be available in the App store.




                    BUT a cheap and very effective way would be to do this.
                    Use a windows mobile device that at least has a wifi card.
                    Obtain some software for the device that allows for what you want to do...

                    Hardware:
                    http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-Axim-x50v-4...3%3A2|294%3A50

                    Software
                    http://www.zdnetasia.com/downloads/m...125688s,00.htm
                    This is a vnc client, allows you to connect to your car computer and see what you also see on the dash along with clicking and typing on the touch screen as if it were your screen on your dash, but now in your hands.

                    http://www.clickapps.com/moreinfo.ht...65&section=PPC
                    This will allow you to control winamp itself... only truly affective if you're using a front end software on the car pc like RoadRunner that uses winamp as it's host for music.
                    Age: 18 | Car: Isuzu Rodeo 01 | http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...s-eee-box.html

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                    • #11
                      Windows mobile devices are actually a great idea as I can probably get those devices very cheap on ebay. Why didn't I think of that? This way I can also combine my phone/car controller into one device. Nice.

                      I'm actually programming my own front end entirely. Part of the reason I'm doing this whole thing is because I'm a junior in high school and I plan to submit this to some colleges which accept projects to boost my shot at getting in. If I just slapped some program on there and called it a day it would hardly be impressive. Also, I don't really like any of the front ends out there very much. They all make me say "this is pretty cool, but I want this." Also, I want to get pretty involved with my front end feature-wise.
                      Worklog here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...-work-log.html
                      My Nearly Complete Car:
                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

                      Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
                      http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

                      Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
                      http://paulfurtado.com/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PaulF View Post
                        Windows mobile devices are actually a great idea as I can probably get those devices very cheap on ebay. Why didn't I think of that? This way I can also combine my phone/car controller into one device. Nice.

                        I'm actually programming my own front end entirely. Part of the reason I'm doing this whole thing is because I'm a junior in high school and I plan to submit this to some colleges which accept projects to boost my shot at getting in. If I just slapped some program on there and called it a day it would hardly be impressive. Also, I don't really like any of the front ends out there very much. They all make me say "this is pretty cool, but I want this." Also, I want to get pretty involved with my front end feature-wise.
                        Worklog here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...-work-log.html
                        Wow, good luck, man!

                        I just barely graduated high school and am hoping to use my car PC installation for a similar use. I'm very interested in this front end
                        Age: 18 | Car: Isuzu Rodeo 01 | http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...s-eee-box.html

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by stevey500 View Post
                          Wow, good luck, man!

                          I just barely graduated high school and am hoping to use my car PC installation for a similar use. I'm very interested in this front end
                          Thanks. As far as the front end goes, I'm not planning to release an easily configurable version for the general public, all my settings will be hard-coded into it. I will probably release the source code for anyone to use though.
                          My Nearly Complete Car:
                          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

                          Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
                          http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

                          Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
                          http://paulfurtado.com/

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