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  • Wireless Router in car - Has any done it?

    I was thinking, Trying to surf or email on a 7" screen is crazy. Like send a email on a palm. So has anyone taken a wireless router (most run at 12V) attached it to your carPC and run the power from the pc to the router. Than connected a internet phone (t-mobel, attws, verizon, ect...) for internet access. With your laptop you can now surf using your wireless connection. Or two people could surf, if you had two laptops. Good for long distance travels. You will need to configure your carpc to be a router.

  • #2
    Or you can connect the laptop directly to the phone....

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Alric
      Or you can connect the laptop directly to the phone....
      I had thought about that, but the router method, would allow the carpc to get traffic/weather information and inform the driver. ie Your map software knows where you are (GPS) and where your going (route). If you have a soruce (web-site) where you can get live traffic information, you can write a program which will inform you if you are driving right into a traffic jam.

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      • #4
        Are you talking about using a router to output a signal? Or are you talking about using an 802.11x card to connect to existing wireless networks? I have a wireless card in my car and I connect to misc. networks in my town, I use a program called Netstumbler to locate and plot them. So that has been done?? I think your description is a little vague.... could you be a little more specific?
        New CarPC on the way again I think. I miss my old one!!!

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        • #5
          But, couldn't you either connect with the carPC or the laptop to the phone and have either act as a router?

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          • #6
            If there is a costless way to get realtime weather and traffic, its worthed.

            For email, I'll pass
            -Mars

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            • #7
              Sorry about the description. here is a idea is that the carpc would have the connection to the internet via a cellphone. the 10baset ethernet connection would connect the carpc with the wireless router. The laptop would only have a 802.11x pc card. The carpc needs to be configured to act as a router between the router ands the cellphone.

              The advantages of this are:
              - Multiple laptops can be used at one.
              - The carpc could have connection to retreive information
              - he laptop doesn't have a dangling phone attached to it.

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              • #8
                Yeah, it's called the radio

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                • #9
                  Mmendis, the PC can be configured to act as a router without the need of an external wireless router.

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                  • #10
                    Almost a Ghost: well, I would want traffic jams report on my GPS map, not within the radio - there is too many information in too short time to be able to process it all when they say it ever 9 minutes on the radio, so I need a map to plan an alternate route when there is a monster jam.

                    getting realtime info should be great then.
                    -Mars

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                    • #11
                      I think I cam confusing everyone. I will try to explain a little better, sorry. Suppose you are driving on I-84 (or some big highway). You have four people in the car. Your computer components consist of:
                      a) carpc setup in front in the console with 100gb hdd
                      b) ethernet wireless router
                      c) 2 laptops with 802.11x pcmcia cards
                      d) cellphone able to be connected to a computer

                      You would connect the cellphone and the wireless router to the carpc. Setup the carpc to be a router. This would allow the carpc AND the 2 laptops to be able to access the internet all at the same time. Also it would allow all three computers the ability to share between each other. So the passenger next to the driver could watch a movie on the carpc, while teh two passengers the back could watch 2 other movies with headphones.

                      Plus staples just had a sale on wireless routers for $10, so this is a cheap feature to add.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Almost a Ghost
                        Yeah, it's called the radio
                        radio scanner or cb radio

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mmendis
                          I think I cam confusing everyone. I will try to explain a little better, sorry. Suppose you are driving on I-84 (or some big highway). You have four people in the car. Your computer components consist of:
                          a) carpc setup in front in the console with 100gb hdd
                          b) ethernet wireless router
                          c) 2 laptops with 802.11x pcmcia cards
                          d) cellphone able to be connected to a computer

                          You would connect the cellphone and the wireless router to the carpc. Setup the carpc to be a router. This would allow the carpc AND the 2 laptops to be able to access the internet all at the same time. Also it would allow all three computers the ability to share between each other. So the passenger next to the driver could watch a movie on the carpc, while teh two passengers the back could watch 2 other movies with headphones.

                          Plus staples just had a sale on wireless routers for $10, so this is a cheap feature to add.
                          You dont need a wireless router (It's actually called access point) for that. Your CarPC needs to have 802.11X. You need to configure it as "ad hoc" (peer to peer) It will broadcast a wifi signal. your laptop (slave unit) then receives that signal as an access point and connects to it. You can use a cell phone to connect to internet on the CarPC. Once you've connected to the internet, the CarPC has internet access. The laptop which connects to the CarPC via WiFi now also has internet access. This was actually done at the SoCal meet last Nov between me and 00CelicaRuss. I was on the internet at that time. He didnt know it though. He could have accessed to the internet using my connection. All he did was transfer some files from my PC. He got "N2Deep" album, Cliffnet Wizard Pro and OBD-II software from me. It was really cool and futurestic.
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                          • #14
                            Been there done that...

                            I have wireless running in my setup. I am running a linksys wireless AP with a signal booster in my home and a wireless/USB adapter to my VIA MII. I have a T-Mobile wireless air card running in my PC card slot. The wireless AP helps with syncing files when I am around the house and need the faster DSL connection...the wireless air card is good for mobile email, chatting, and other low bandwidth applications. The card was quite costly and I am looking at new cell phones which you can hook directly to your computer...a friend of mine said that he got 80k transfer with his new phone on Verizon...I have yet to see it for myself however. Overall the setup works quite well...you could have your computer act as a bridge and run an AD-HOC network...although with my Linksys it can be quite tempermental. Once I get a digital camera I will try and get some pictures up.

                            Here is the link to the mobile air card I have installed...$$$$$$$
                            http://www.t-mobile.com/products/ove...841&class=data

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mmendis
                              This would allow the carpc AND the 2 laptops to be able to access the internet all at the same time.
                              ...through one cellphone uplink? Think of the speed (or lack thereof!)

                              GingerPrince

                              Car changed for TVR Griffith 500, so computer de-installed. Using a Dension 100ix w/60Gb HD unit in the interim.

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