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    According to this excellent article http://compnetworking.about.com/od/w...aticwifixp.htm WinXP SP2 can be configured to automatically connect to 802.11 Access Points that are open.

    It will choose preferred Wifi nets first, but then it will connect to any available and _then_ it will try the dial up connection via BT connected phone if present.

    This is exactly what I want, because I want to use GooPs (http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=68799) as tracking software to find my car when stolen and for my mother to see how far I've got when coming to see her. She lives 320km's away. And I do not think a thief will bother to connect to passing thru hotspots.

    If "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings" can be checked you're there, but I cannot do this with my Actisys WLan adapter.



    Has anyone done this, or have an 802.11 USB adapter that uses microsoft network configuration?

    Most greatful for any info.
    My car installation mp3car thread "showing off project"

  • #2
    my cheapy hawkings USB adapter allows me to choose to use it's software or the ms wireless zero software.

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    • #3
      Thanks trdvibe!
      I will try to get my actisys working one last time tomorrow and if no success get me a Hawking. I found them on the web and I did like the external antenna too :-)
      B-O
      My car installation mp3car thread "showing off project"

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      • #4
        also, try a linksys. that may work too. I know i have been able to turn off their network software for customers.

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        • #5
          ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys ? Additional hardware ?
          My car installation mp3car thread "showing off project"

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          • #6
            he he. that's the router my IT guy is working on setting up for me. we've got a few of those out in the field. very cool indeed. but i was actually thinking of a usb linksys dongle not the router. and btw, if you ever find a wRT54G vers 4, buy it! the software won't work on the ver 5 and newer.

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            • #7
              I eventually got the windows zero network configurator to work with my Wifi radio.

              Standard procedure. Play around, reboot, deinstall, try another angle, etc.

              Thanks trdvibe!
              My car installation mp3car thread "showing off project"

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              • #8
                glad you got it figured out, but I don't really think i helped other than add my commentary. LOL

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                • #9
                  So how did u finnaly get it to work? I plan on doing this soon w/ my wifi dongle. How do you plan on tracking if it gets stolen? I want to do these things ur planning :P

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                  • #10
                    Well, I played around with it until it finally worked. "Installation by accident".

                    More info at http://web.comhem.se/bengt-olof.swing/network.htm. (Could be improved, I know)

                    I will use GooPs as mentioned (see link above. read from page 18), and I will let the pc boot every time the car starts. GooPs will start as I've put it in start-program-start, and GooPs will upload position every 10s. google maps or google earth will then let you track your car like this http://maps.google.com/maps?&q=http:...rack/Mulle.txt

                    Once it is working no maintenance is required.

                    In Sweden this type of system (or private garage) is the only way to get a better insurance. Immobilizer/alarms does not make a difference.

                    Good luck
                    My car installation mp3car thread "showing off project"

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                    • #11
                      My hope, like yours, was to provide lojack functionality through the use of unsecured wifi routers. I have been playing with it for a few days now and I just don’t think that is going to work. I have tried the popular wifi/wardriving programs like net stumbler, wifi hopper, WZC and they just don’t work like I hoped they would. In order for lojack to work it has to connect to the internet IN A NEW AREA without any intervention from the user. It has to be so seemless that the user doesn’t even know it is happening.
                      Net Stumbler doesn’t try and connect at all…it is just for logging the available networks.
                      Wifi hopper has a couple of modes…Discovery, Hopping, connection manager. I believe hopping only works if you have used Discovery first to catalog all the networks. (someone correct me if I am wrong)
                      Even WZC requires that you double click the connection and tell it to “auto connect” so that the next time it sees the network it will automatically try and connect.

                      All of these require user intervention before it will try and connect. Lojack just isn’t going to work by wifi hopping.
                      (again, someone correct me if I am wrong.)

                      Edit: I may be wrong about wifi hopper. I just discovered I can scan for networks while in hopper mode or connection manager mode so it MAY be able to do both at the same time. If so then I'll buy it when the 15day eval is up.
                      My Work Thread:
                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=72552
                      Source switcher for Lill
                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...d=1#post841007

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                      • #12
                        @bes51659

                        Prövar till lära sig svenska. Er den trevleg I sverige? Tänker av gående där.

                        Originally posted by bes51659 View Post
                        Well, I played around with it until it finally worked. "Installation by accident".

                        More info at http://web.comhem.se/bengt-olof.swing/network.htm. (Could be improved, I know)

                        I will use GooPs as mentioned (see link above. read from page 18), and I will let the pc boot every time the car starts. GooPs will start as I've put it in start-program-start, and GooPs will upload position every 10s. google maps or google earth will then let you track your car like this http://maps.google.com/maps?&q=http:...rack/Mulle.txt

                        Once it is working no maintenance is required.

                        In Sweden this type of system (or private garage) is the only way to get a better insurance. Immobilizer/alarms does not make a difference.

                        Good luck
                        2002 Acura RSX CarPC Worklog
                        Current CarPC Expenses

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                        • #13
                          Eric:

                          Oh, I thought I just had to check autoconnect in WZC once for all non-listed networks! Not for each and every non-listed network.

                          Maybe Vista?...

                          If this does not work I might buy a cheap GPRS phone to keep in the car at all times. But that does not yet work with GooPs...

                          (There are other uses for a phone as well. I've heard of people using it to turn on engine pre-heater and such by sms. I have no such needs though)

                          (I've got a VoomPc too btw :-))


                          Pistolen:
                          Jo, det är trevligt i sverige. Du är så välkommen hit! Good luck with your learning!
                          My car installation mp3car thread "showing off project"

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                          • #14
                            Not sure if this is documented anywhere in Windows, but in the 'Preferred networks' list, if you add a new network SSID of 'ANY' (without the ' ') and tick the 'Connect when this network is in range' box, and also tick the 'Automatically connect to non-preferred networks' box in the advanced settings it should work.

                            Apparently using the SSID setting of ANY will get it to connect to any (unsecured) network.

                            It worked for me, I was driving around one day, pulled up along side the road and flipped open the laptop. A short time later the WZC ballon popped up to tell me I was connected (to what or who I have no idea ) so I jumped on YouTube and yep, I had internet access without changing any settings.

                            Worth a try - good luck.

                            J

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                            • #15
                              Great news Jay!

                              I've ticked the 'Automatically connect to non-preferred networks' already. I thought that was enough. Now I will add 'ANY'.

                              That "ballon" that popped up... Did have a check box for "don't show again" ? I don't like pop-ups :-)

                              I guess this is as far as I will get without installing the kit in the car. As you say, worth a try.
                              My car installation mp3car thread "showing off project"

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