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    Is this possible? Do I need extra software on top of built in XP SP2 functionality?
    Progress: 80% - Permanent install left.
    Motion LS800 Tablet PC and dock.
    Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

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    To the best of my knoladge. No It's can't be done.
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    Via EPIA MII
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    • #3
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      Why do you want to do this ???
      Progress [I will seriously never be done!]
      Via EPIA MII
      512MB RAM
      OEM GPS (embedded)
      nLite WinXP pro on
      1GB Extreme III CF card
      Carnetix 1260 startup/ DC-DC regulator
      Software: Still, re-Writing my existing front end in .Net

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      • #4
        It can be done by using Linux. Check out these links.
        http://oob.freeshell.org/nzwireless/LWAP-HOWTO.html
        http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork...ary/l-wap.html
        http://www.sorgonet.com/network/wirelessnoap/

        I'm with Intellaworks, why do you want your carputer to be an access point? The only thing I can think of is that you want to have a wireless LAN to share with your other carputer buddies and play games wirelessly.
        Ford Expedition XLT 2003
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        • #5
          I want my Tablet PC to be able to remote desktop into my car PC (until I sort my screen out) and I want to be able to share the car pc's wireless internet access through my cell phone.
          Progress: 80% - Permanent install left.
          Motion LS800 Tablet PC and dock.
          Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

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          • #6
            AD hoc the connection, share the cell phone internet link. It'll work fine. Then you don't need to screw with all the settings when you drive up to another ap and want to use it.

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            • #7
              The reason I was wondering about setting up the car PC as a wap is because Windoze seems very loth to detect and switch networks. My Tablet PC 'connects' to the adhoc network I've configured in my car (just the Tablet, no car PC present yet) but when I get home I typically have to kick into noticing the brand new sparky high strength home network. It really sucks.

              Are there tricks to get Windoze to switch networks fast? Net stumbler detects them pretty quickly in my testing but that totally disables Windoze from detecting them or switching.

              But you're right - I do want to have the car PC be able to connect to other AP's whilst driving around. The cell phone link is way too slow . But then I'd still want the Tablet to be able to share that new connection too.
              Progress: 80% - Permanent install left.
              Motion LS800 Tablet PC and dock.
              Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

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              • #8
                P.S. I have a spare WAP that I have no use for and it only needs 500mA at 12V which will be easy enough to supply.
                Progress: 80% - Permanent install left.
                Motion LS800 Tablet PC and dock.
                Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

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                • #9
                  You didn't say you were gonna plug in a WAP, you said configure wireless card AS an ap. Just hook up the AP to the computer. Configure the AP as a ROUTER, and turn DHCP OFF. That's all. Don't plug the computer into the WAN port, just plug it into one of the router ports. If you want to connect to other networks, use another wifi card . Make that connection assign DHCP (default)

                  Dave

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                  • #10
                    The Shuttle G54 internal usb2 WLAN "card" that have came with some software that could make it into an "software wireless AP". I didn't try the s/w on the shuttle card but I did try it on a Buffalo G54 PCMCIA card and it did not work. The software listed the supported card models and the Buffalo was not one of them, so I didn't think it was going to work either.

                    In other words: It would probably have worked if I had tested it with the Shuttle card, since the sw came with that card anyways (why include something that cannot be used).
                    So buy a card that comes with some software for making it into an AP.

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                    • #11
                      I though I already sayed it, but I think I forgot to press the submit button, so here its again

                      Some cards DO indeed offer an option to run as accespoint, mostly called Soft-AP.
                      I've seen it on various cards, like Canyon, Asus (WL-160G) and ZoomAir (PCMCIA). I havent tested it myself, but it should work. You have to install the utillity from the card, since Windows itself doesn't offer this option.

                      See e.g. http://www.home.deds.nl/~pe2er/omniusb/

                      Its not that hard to connect an external antenna on it, so you can place that antenna op the roof of the car. Antennas can be found on www.wirelesstou.com for only $18 for a 7dbi omni.
                      My Opel Astra 1993 CarPC: http://www.djsmiley.com/projects/carpc/photos/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by big_cali_dave
                        You didn't say you were gonna plug in a WAP, you said configure wireless card AS an ap.
                        It had only just occurred to me. Using my USB wireless is preferable for size.
                        Progress: 80% - Permanent install left.
                        Motion LS800 Tablet PC and dock.
                        Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

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