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  • Noob Advice: In car network

    Hello... I'm a long time lurker but haven't posted yet. Long story short is that we in our current house have a very large network media server that serves up media to XBMC media centers in many of the rooms of the house. My kids have become accustomed to watching any TV show or movie we have at any time they chose.

    Due to a mandatory move, we'll be packing up the house and relocating back to the states, and between a leave location in Europe and the time it will take to drive across the states to my new duty location, my kids will be looking at around 16 days in the car.

    I want to set up a mini version of our house setup in the cars (ours and the rental in Europe). the kids both have netbooks, and I currently have a router which supports USB storage (meaning; plug a USB HD into it, and you can stream media from the HD), and I have a 2TB drive plugged into it; and I also have a 2 TB NAS drive. That drive does not need a USB port, but does need an ethernet port.

    Question is, what in everyone's opinion, is the best way to create a network solution in my car so the kids can stream media to their laptops? My choices as I see them are: use my current router and a 1TB USB drive; which would require power from the car to run the router, and the router is huge. Another solution is to get one of those really small mini-routers, but they don't seem to have network or USB storage.

    Since we are somewhere between Europe and the mid-east, we currently dont have cell phones, and don't know what the newest, coolest cell tech has to order. I have read about 3 and 4G streaming tech, and some of the mobile routers offer 3G support, but thats all I know about it.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!
    Sean

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    A router that uses a 12vDC power supply should be easy enough to find.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      There is a bunch that range in voltage 5v or 12v models, that you can get from automotive power supplies http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=27_690 i use the aluratek model and have no complaints with speed or coverage SNO

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      • #4
        12v power is no problem. Either is stepping 12v down to 5, 7, or whatever the NAS drive is, if thats what it is, is no problem. I have have a regulated power supply to ensure they get 12v and not the 14.5v coming out as I'm zipping down the road. I can easily wire my 12v Belkin router into my car's power supply, and it has USB storage. I could either use a 2 TB USB drive or a 2TB NAS drive. Both would also require power (also less than an amp, I believe). Both of the big drives seem like they'd be more fragile than the little portable drives that are out there these days (I'm guessing, I dont really know).

        Just wondering what you guys have seen...maybe there's a completely different solution out there that I'm not thinking about.

        thanks again...

        sean

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        • #5
          Update:

          It works! Wired a 12V supply to my Belkin router, attached a 1TB portable drive to it, and buried the whole assembly into a cubby within the trunk. Result: 2 netbook laptops running XBMC goodness while in the car, streaming 2 different TV shows, traveling 130KPH down the autobahn. Only hiccup I had was any time I shut the engine off and restarted.... the momentary starting process removed power and caused the router to reset.

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          • #6
            Which router model did you use? Im looking at setting up something similar using xbmc running on an iPad.



            Originally posted by wbread99 View Post
            Update:

            It works! Wired a 12V supply to my Belkin router, attached a 1TB portable drive to it, and buried the whole assembly into a cubby within the trunk. Result: 2 netbook laptops running XBMC goodness while in the car, streaming 2 different TV shows, traveling 130KPH down the autobahn. Only hiccup I had was any time I shut the engine off and restarted.... the momentary starting process removed power and caused the router to reset.
            System: AMD Duron 1200+ , 512 MB ram , usb sb mp3+ , Tview 7" touchscreen , M1-ATX PSU , Slot Load iMac DVD-Rom , 40 GB laptop HDD, netgear USB 802.11g

            Progress: Installation: 90% Dash fabrication: 80%

            Parts Needed: USB GPS

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            • #7
              Originally posted by meyer64 View Post
              Which router model did you use? Im looking at setting up something similar using xbmc running on an iPad.
              Not at my house at this very second, but I believe its a F5-8236v4. Works great
              .

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              • #8
                its a badass. works perfectly. when the car is parked in the garage or driveway, it sees my home network and I can switch out TV shows and movies on the car's hard drive from the living room couch.

                Turns out it draws miliamps of power, and not amps, so it can remain on with the engine off for several days. Draws about the same current as a car alarm.

                Now Im wondering if I can incorporate a wifi tablet and some engine data from the ODB II can into the network. I have a bluetooth OBD II connector that can talk to my ipod and an IPOD app that spits data out, but I wonder if I can do the same for an android tablet....

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