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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    i got this installed per your instructions. The funny thing is when i launch the client app it sends a single point to the server.. but subequent points are not sent... the debug says the server isnt pingable... even though the server clearly is because one point has been sent. This happens each time i start the client app... one point uploads.. then nothing. Any ideas?
    The way the app works is to try to send data when a network chnge occures i.e. everytime you get a new network connection. It checks to see if the network is an internet connection by trying to connect to http://www.microsoft.com/. If this passes then it looks to see if you've allowed the server to be pingable. This is set in the ini file. If it is then it trys to ping. If it recieves a response then it trys to send the data if not then it fails.

    I think the debug message your seeing is the setting from your ini file as I default it to false.

    I think whats happening is the client has sent its message, which the server has recieved (hence the one point) but the the server message sying its recieved the data is not being returned to the client. The client then goes into the no connection mode and waits for the specified retryperiod.

    So the question is why does it think its not sent the data when it has.
    Does the client say a current time for the server updated label?
    Does the client seem to hang for a long time?
    try setting your tracking period and retry period smaller. Say 10 secods and 15 seconds. That way you may see more points. It wont have solved your problem but it will narrow it down.
    I assume that the server can see the client. By this I mean can it respond. have you got a firewall that will stop it from responding?

    Can you send me your debug file to take a look.
    I could add some extra debug and send you a special version if you pm me your email address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambosprit View Post
    Does the client say a current time for the server updated label?
    Yes the initial connection specifies the time the server updated

    Does the client seem to hang for a long time?
    No the client's CPU doesnt raise and i've seen no signs of it hanging

    I assume that the server can see the client. By this I mean can it respond. have you got a firewall that will stop it from responding?
    Its very possible i'm missing a setting or something.. but there shouldnt be any firewall installed on my carPC and i've got the ports handled on the server. I guess i should check if windows firewall on the carpc is blocking the connection. In any event.. my debug log is attached and my email is [email protected]. Thanks for your help
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    can't see any debug log. Am I missing it somewhere?

    Some other things came to me.

    Does the client say connected at the bottom (you need debuglevel of 5 for this to show).

    Have you changed the timing settings or are they still 30 and 60?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambosprit View Post
    can't see any debug log. Am I missing it somewhere?

    Some other things came to me.

    Does the client say connected at the bottom (you need debuglevel of 5 for this to show).

    Have you changed the timing settings or are they still 30 and 60?
    ah i forgot to post the log while i was at work. My appologies. I did play around with it some more and i got it working. I dont know if it was turning off windows firewall or reducing the timing options but its working great now
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    Great. Seeing as your the only one following this at the moment I'll update you on upcomming stuff.

    Personnally I have more than one user on my server machine. What I'm finding is that if the user logged on isn't the one running the software it doesn't track anything...obvious I know. But to solve this I'm working on changing the server to be a service and adding a gui to display whats happening when required. this has a problem though in that its very difficult to have a gui on a service. So if an alert or sos comes in there is nothing displayed.So I then need to make a tray app that will show an alert.

    So I'm converting the current server to a service + gui app + tray app. What do you think? Is it a good idea?

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    its a very good idea.. in order for the program to be useful the server needs to be running at all times so having it convert to a service makes sense.

    Have you given any thought to making the client app an RRExtension plugin? Seems it would be pretty easy to do just convert the GUI text to labels and create indicators for connection status and such. It would be nice to view this stuff inside of a skin and using RR would allow the client app to be controlled at hibernate/resume (not that i've had any issues with them yet).

    I'm gonna get a skype account today and test those features... i'm basically trying to justify having a data card here
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    check out my rrskype plugin.

    I changed the client to right scale for RR but not sure whether the effort is worth what you'd gain by making it rr specific. May rethink this after I have the service working ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambosprit View Post
    check out my rrskype plugin.

    I changed the client to right scale for RR but not sure whether the effort is worth what you'd gain by making it rr specific. May rethink this after I have the service working ok.
    I'll definitely check out RRskype.

    If you wish to create an extension plugin i would be happy to port the standalone for you depending on its written language (i can handle vb6, .net, and c#) I'll also make sure to keep it updated with your changes if need be. No rush or pressure... just keep it in mind. Thank you for another great app!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eigenVector View Post
    I've written a similar app in C# for my Windows Mobile phone. It makes use of SQL Server CE 3.5 to store the data......
    got an idea for this... what about the car sends the data to an sql server?would of course require internet access... but would be nice to have as an option for those of us that has mobile broadband dongles

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyM View Post
    I use webcamXP running some security cameras.
    another crazy idea as i read along, while sending data to the server why not have an option to upload photos from a hidden cam inside the car?

    i could think of a folder on a webserver with photos, sql server for gps data, and then some mainpage for it's current location and speed etc... and then a link for each time it has broken geofence. when outside geofence it should upload pics each 30 sec.. or maybe leave it to the user how often...

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