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    Good find!

    This all assumes that you leave your phone in your car. How many ppl have the luxury of leaving their phone in the car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hd54321
    Good find!

    This all assumes that you leave your phone in your car. How many ppl have the luxury of leaving their phone in the car?
    And it assume the PC is working and running. Not good when a thief actually steal the car.

    Credit goes to him for bringing this out though

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    Sounds quite complex

    I take it a Remote Desktop session over the VPN would use too much bandwidth?


    I just noticed, you've installed it into an XR2 Fiesta - which is what my Kitcar is based around. I'd be interested in comparing notes on your install?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyN
    Is there any software that one can load on the PC to plot the location on a map, and also to update the location automatically? or are you basically using the com port mapping to run GPS software "thinking" it is local?
    I used Route 66 (UK mapping software), which thinks the GPS is local. Any mapping software that is GPS capable should do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hd54321
    Good find!

    This all assumes that you leave your phone in your car. How many ppl have the luxury of leaving their phone in the car?
    That is very true, currently this works with either my phone or my wifes phone. I've configured everything for Bluetooth so all we need to have is our phone with us. The PC will do the rest by autostarting when the ignition is on and starting the VPN link back to my home server.

    My plan is to put something more permanent in the car which will be hidden allowing me to see the car position should some thief take my car.

    I had tried to do all this with a "pay-as-you-go" sim card in my old mobile phone. Then I discovered that I need a monthly contract for 2 way GPRS communications.

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    how much bandwidth is this actually using though? sounds like alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magpie
    My plan is to put something more permanent in the car which will be hidden allowing me to see the car position should some thief take my car.
    Do you already have something in mind in how to go about doing this plan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigToach
    how much bandwidth is this actually using though? sounds like alot.
    While the GPRS connection is active and no-one is monitoring the car from home then the bandwidth is very low. Mainly keep alive data. The GPS data is only transmitted back to my home server when it is being monitored.

    As you can select the baud rate of the com port, I tried this at 9600 with no issues. When I stopped my internet link my phone reported around 125k of data sent (which included more than just the GPS data).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky327
    Do you already have something in mind in how to go about doing this plan?
    As my PC is already hidden I have 2 choices. Either use a spare phone with GPRS capability and permanently connected via a cable to the USB port. The port will also act as a charger for the phone. My second option is to use a PCcard device as used with laptops, I would need to by an adapter card to work with the Via motherboard.

    Either way it should do the trick. I currently have one issue with my setup which is the Bluetooth link. It tends not to like working with hibernation. When it returns it complains about the modem not being available. I'm not sure how to get around this issue yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magpie
    As my PC is already hidden I have 2 choices. Either use a spare phone with GPRS capability and permanently connected via a cable to the USB port. The port will also act as a charger for the phone. My second option is to use a PCcard device as used with laptops, I would need to by an adapter card to work with the Via motherboard.
    Cool...keep us updated on your project.

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