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    Lightbulb XM on two cars

    I have two cars that I own which have Carputers. (none have 9-pin RS-232 serial ports, btw -- all USB).

    I would like to buy an XM receiver and be able to use it with the carputer in both cars. Can I use one receiver in both cars by switching them out? Or... can I buy 2 receivers and use only one subscription?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uptpilot View Post
    I have two cars that I own which have Carputers. (none have 9-pin RS-232 serial ports, btw -- all USB).

    I would like to buy an XM receiver and be able to use it with the carputer in both cars. Can I use one receiver in both cars by switching them out? Or... can I buy 2 receivers and use only one subscription?

    Thanks
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    I don't understand how this all works... let me make a list of the different components I've seen.

    1) Mp3Car USB adapter for XM Direct
    http://store.mp3car.com/Mp3Car_USB_a..._p/sat-007.htm

    2) MJS-XMD2 XM MiniTuner USB PC Interface
    http://store.mp3car.com/product_p/sat-012.htm

    3) XM Direct 2 CNP2000UC
    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_220CNP2...953&tab=review

    4) XM Direct
    http://www.xm-radio-satellite.com/in...n=Custom&ID=55

    How do all these component connect to each other and then to my PC (carputer) to be controlled by RoadRunner? Oh yes... I assume that somewhere in there is some kind of antennae that I would need in each car? What components are movable from one car to another? Lastly, can't the carputer just control one of those $30 XM units?

    Sorry but this is all so cosmic for me and everything I read does nothing to connect the dots.

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    Part of the problem you're dealing with is that if you want something that's computer controllable, the options are very limited. Even that XM Direct unit still means you need 2 of Mitch's units plus 2 of the XM Direct units. The only savings is that you can get away with a single subscription. But it's going to cost you $340 in hardware (assuming you don't try to ebay the XM direct units). I would say the cheapest solution would be to buy a unit that has a car dock. Get a dock for each car. No PC control of it, but you'll save a ton of money.

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