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    car remote start using bluetooth

    Hi all

    I was wondering since the phone can connect to the carpc using bluetooth, then it sure can send a trigger from the Pc to say a relay in the car, that will remote start the car. As long as the CarPc is on of course. Also say play music by a request from the phone?

    has anyone done anything around these lines?

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    you should check out the mfc from connect2car.com if you havent, the only way to get the carputer to respond to bluetooth requires computer to be on all the time, and thats just not feasible. thats where the MFC comes in. its all seperate unit with power regulation and dead-battery protection.

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    Also just a thought, but have you tried just pairing your device with another and seeing how far you can walk away? Any bluetooth receiver in the car, is going to be in a sub-optimal position so the signal is going to be low to begin with. The maximum range on bluetooth with excellent conditions is pretty low as well. So the actual functionality of this will be quite limited. But if this is just for the "bling" factor, then why not.

    That unit mentioned above is your best bet for a solution independant from the PC.

    If you want a unit dependant on the PC, then check out the link in my sig for the Fusion Brain.
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    yeah blue tooth's range 10 m, if it is a class A we are looking at 100 meters, my room is less than 10 meters from the car, so turning it on so it warms up before igo outside is my goal.

    but yes "bling" is the main reason

    thanks for that piece of hardware advice guys

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    The 100m range is Class 1 bluetooth with "unobstructed line of sight". Like I said, it is going to be in your car, and in a huge metal cage effectively. Also, you never ever ever get the range they say you can. I think you will be closer to 30m or at a stretch 50m range. Still not that big of a problem for where you park, but its usefullness wont nearly be as good as if you went with a solution designed for it. Perhaps build something that bluetooth controls a different frequency sender, and in the car it decodes it back to bluetooth or perhaps directly into a relay pulse. I don't know, but this will definately be bling-only, because it wont be good for much else.

    No matter which option you decide to go with, keep us informed. I am interested in seeing what you come up with.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
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    Just do it like a cell-bomb. Get prepaid cellphone, tap into vibrator lines, connect to your circuits in the car. Once you call that phone, it'll start your car, or eventually blow it
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    Well, one additional feature of the MFC from connect2car is that even if your range with class 1 bluetooth is not good enough and you need to do it from afar, they have a web login access that you can use from any cell with a browser. I've tested loading the page on my sony ericsson w810i.... regular gsm phone, no pda phone or anything, and with just edge speed. and that came up perfectly fine. you have to ask the connect2car guys for the i415 phone cables kit, and you can buy boost , the i415. you don't need to pay for a voice plan and you can have the unlimited data for 10 bucks a month. theres a serial cable that connects between that and the MFC. there is some software you load on the phone and it basically makes like a vpn, tunnel kind of thing. when you go to the connect2car website control page you tell it to start the car, and it looks up the phone on that account, sends it the message, so anywhere you are, no matter how far it will work. i mean hell
    for 10 bucks a month or something ridiculously cheap like that its great, you can control it from 3 states away.

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    Or the CarLink from Audiovox... $80, and any touchtone phone can control anything anywhere the car has cell reception, and you dont pay anything a month.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    theres a few things i like about the connect2car over that unit. 1 i already have a good enough alarm in the car, 2, the connect2car works through the internet on your phone, but also it gives you a direct link through bluetooth so you dont have to worry about any delay from a satellite or any worries about the account or service/sattellite not working because of random updates, or when you dont have cell phone reception or if you are at some point where you just dont want to use a phone. the connect2car you can do through the web on your phone, but if that doesn't work you can also use direct connection through bluetooth, also the MFC from connect2car gives you a seperate serial connection that you can hook up to your carputer to give you control right on the touch screen as well. also the web acccess not only gives you control of your cars functions, i.e. remote-start, windows, locks, but it also is able to give you a very spot on gps tracking with built in google earth and google maps. also if you want the phone access, you dont have to pay the 10 a month only for the MFC, but it will also split off and give you GSM edge speed to your carputer as well if you want it.

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    There is a module made that you can hook up to any remote start system. It works as a reciever that you can call and it sends out a pulse.

    There is also a GPS tracking unit that'll do the same thing made by DEI and can be controlled via the internet.

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