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    In building my new system I had a thought, has anyone done a setup where you can dial your car from your home PC? I've used sprint PCS before with my laptop, but the phone was not acctually a modem so the laptop could not answer incoming calls, but if there was a phone, or software that would allow a computer to answer the incoming call I could see myself getting another phone for the car. Anyone got Ideas??

  • #2
    Originally posted by DKnight
    In building my new system I had a thought, has anyone done a setup where you can dial your car from your home PC? I've used sprint PCS before with my laptop, but the phone was not acctually a modem so the laptop could not answer incoming calls, but if there was a phone, or software that would allow a computer to answer the incoming call I could see myself getting another phone for the car. Anyone got Ideas??
    Would wake on LAN work with a wireless adaptor? I'm assuming your car is generally close by... wouldn't it be easier to connect over wireless?

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    • #3
      I'm thinking more along the lines of my kid has the car and I want to know where he is. So no, the car would not be near enough for wireless.

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      • #4
        Good idea, something like if you call your PC, you get the coordinates of the car?

        So this is assuming the PC is on while your kid is in the car?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by masch
          Good idea, something like if you call your PC, you get the coordinates of the car?

          So this is assuming the PC is on while your kid is in the car?
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          • #6
            If we assume the PC will on you could:

            a) Write an app that transmits its position via Wi-Fi whenever it hits an open access point
            b) Have the PC track where it goes for you lo browse later - Deluo make a little black box for just this purpose, you don't even need a PC
            c) Have the cell phone attached as you said for dial-in - although I have no idea if it would truly act as a modem
            d) A guy I work with told me his kids cell phones support a feature via the web where he can lookup their position, not sure if it is GPS or if it is reported by the cell the phone is in but it sounds pretty cool.
            e) If there is a cell phone attached you could maybe send an SMS message every few minutes or whenver the tracking info reached a certain quantity, then view this elsewhere...

            I like (e)

            Chris.

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            • #8
              this is outside my realm, but im guessing you coul set up VPN to do it somehow, only i am only familiar with doing that from a mobile PC to a home PC.

              as far as getting coordinates from a GPS system in a car PC, and being able to access it remotely (if im reading what u want correctly)... i have no ******* idea.

              i know there are standalone system outt her that do it, they put em in bigrigs so they can make sure the drivers are running drugs on the company dime.

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              • #9
                Originally posted by inaneninja
                they put em in bigrigs so they can make sure the drivers are running drugs on the company dime.

                Wow harsh companies to work for, force you to run drugs

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Enforcer
                  Wow harsh companies to work for, force you to run drugs
                  My company used to force me to do work. All sorts of menial stupid *** labor crap. I'm glad I got out of there.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by DKnight
                    In building my new system I had a thought, has anyone done a setup where you can dial your car from your home PC? I've used sprint PCS before with my laptop, but the phone was not acctually a modem so the laptop could not answer incoming calls, but if there was a phone, or software that would allow a computer to answer the incoming call I could see myself getting another phone for the car. Anyone got Ideas??
                    In the Feb issue of Circuit Cellar Ink, there was an interesting article on Wireless Vehicle Tracking (part 1) - Part 2 in march issue. It details a project that had an alarm that when tripped, made a cell phone call to a pre-determined phone number and gave gps coords., speed, heading, etc. via audio. Also allowed user to call cell and get data at any time. Really cool project.

                    http://www.circuitcellar.com/

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                    • #12
                      Correct me if I am wrong but I am sure one of the more senior members of this board has already done this where by the car fed back over gprs both a web cam and his live postion to a real web site... can't rember who it was though as it was some time ago I saw this.

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                      • #13
                        If only carputers arent so expensive and doesnt use so much power, I could set it up via a simple windows automation software to send a short message service (SMS) to a local number the GPS location of the car where the owner can track it from the web, every hour.

                        But limits are:
                        1) carputers are expensive and cant be fit in many cars
                        2) it has to be on all the time
                        3) gotta buy a data-based mobile phone (GSM, GPRS)
                        4) gotta pay the monthly mobile line
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                        • #14
                          Could use wake on ring to turn your computer / car on :-D Only if the software that comes with the phone supports it, as it is not a real modem
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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by masch
                            But limits are:
                            1) carputers are expensive and cant be fit in many cars
                            2) it has to be on all the time
                            3) gotta buy a data-based mobile phone (GSM, GPRS)
                            4) gotta pay the monthly mobile line
                            1.) isnt this caputer forum..where people have carputers in their car already/?
                            4.) isnt their any plans where u only pay for the calls (or one of those where u pay for so many minutes, then can buy more calling cards or something to get more minutes?)
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