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  • Mobile Internet & The Mac

    I will ring in my 100th post by making my quest for completion here.
    Long story short, I have a beta Mac FE, a two-switch control that powers my MACry, and am in the midst of getting a sub/amp combo plus a 10hz GPS receiver.
    There's only one factor left in my complete setup (other than getting some body work done)

    Mobile Internet usage.

    Wifi hotspots aside, I would like to add a mobile internet setup with a router of sorts that allows me to access the net in my car without the need of being near a Starbucks, McDonalds, or Bryant Park for that matter.

    I don't mind paying monthly data service fees. Lord knows I've been paying out the ying-yang for data service with my iPhone and BlackBerry.

    I remember at the MP3Car convention a PC user with that kind of setup. Bug-Byte also had spoken of it too; in fact, he used Boost Mobile to get internet on this computer. I was wondering if anyone in the Mac community has something like this going.
    Thanks for any and all replies.

    All systems are a go...
    Currently in "tweaking" mode.

    The Worklog

  • #2
    Have a look at a 'MiFi routers'.

    Huawei and Novotel have a range of mobile wifi/3g hotspots, they are essentially a self contained wifi router with a 3g dongle in them. They have the added advantage of being self powered with a battery so you can take it out of the car and sit in a field with all the comforts of home

    If you have a compatible Nokia you can use but other phone OS's including the iPhone have wifi tethering apps so you can use your existing data plan.


    • #3
      I did use a Boost mobile and it did in fact work for limited access. I could tether and receive/transmit but it only worked well for text exchange. The actual baud rate was probably around 9600 and was often slower. OTOH, it was free.

      What kind of phone do you have? Some of the smart phones allow tethering, otherwise a product like a MiFi is what you want. Tripzero is using a pay as you go Virgin Mobile product (I think) that costs him around $20 a month.

      A jailbroken iphone can run as a WiFi hotspot and also an iPad 3G can serve the same function. Not that you need an iPad, but Verizon is selling them along with their mobile WiFi router but as I recall, it is a little more than $15 a month.
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      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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      • #4
        Jailbreak your iPhone

        I run MyWi, an app available for jailbroken iPhones which lets you tether internet easily (plug'n'play).

        I'd def recommend this method, but you may need an unlimited data plan if you are on it much.
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        • #5
          ...Happy New Year! The update

          I hope everyone survived the blizzard (if you were as unlucky as myself) and are enjoying the new year.
          I skimmed through the updated guidelines to posting; and I hope I catch no infractions for saying i have begun using the MiFi routers as Cabe suggested; it works as fast as my DSL connection!
          So thanks to everyone for their input.
          All systems are a go...
          Currently in "tweaking" mode.

          The Worklog


          • #6
            just be careful using unauthorized tethering. If ATT stumbles across that you are using excessive amounts of data they might hit you with a huge fee. I believe ti goes against contract to use unauthorized tethering.

            Just a friendly warning I think its a great idea myself though.
            Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!