Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: Dedicated GPRS Connection for CarPC?

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    34

    Dedicated GPRS Connection for CarPC?

    Is anyone out there giving their CarPC a dedicated, full-time GSM/GPRS connection, perhaps using a Telit module or something similar? Tethering your CarPC to your mobile phone is certainly less expensive, but that also means your CarPC only has connectivity when your phone is in the car. OTOH, if the CarPC has a connection of its own it opens up a whole new world of possibilities (think On*Star).

    Have any of you started down this road?

  2. #2
    North of the land of Hey Huns
    Auto Apps:loading...

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Westminster, MD
    Posts
    2,144
    If I could afford it, I'd get a GSM standalone module so I could have it running 24/7, but I can't unfortunately. The ability to shut down my car remotely should it be stolen would be awesome as onstar can do now, but without the big-brother aspect onstar carries with it..
    "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
    RevFE
    My Shop

  3. #3
    FLAC
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1,322
    you could do cricket for like $45 a month unlimited internet, but thats about it. there just isnt enough times i need to have my car on the interent when im not there to justify the monthly cost. it would be very convenient though

  4. #4
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    34
    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    you could do cricket for like $45 a month unlimited internet, but thats about it. there just isnt enough times i need to have my car on the interent when im not there to justify the monthly cost. it would be very convenient though
    With AT&T I can add a "line" to my plan for $10/month and get GPRS service on the new line for another $10/month. IMHO that's not too big a price to pay to allow my car to call me up and say "Help! I'm being stolen!"

  5. #5
    FLAC
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1,322
    yeah i REALLY hate myself for not jumping on that when my sprint sero plan was still mainstream. they used to allow that, but now they claim that its a granfathered plan, and its individual only without possibly to add lines. for $10 a month, i wouldnt hesitate. it would be far too convenient. honestly i have been thinking about dropping cell service all together and just use skype.... cell phone service is overrated these days. its the internet that does everything.

  6. #6
    Variable Bitrate FPeter's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Hungary
    Posts
    229
    Quote Originally Posted by swarga View Post
    Is anyone out there giving their CarPC a dedicated, full-time GSM/GPRS connection, perhaps using a Telit module or something similar? Tethering your CarPC to your mobile phone is certainly less expensive, but that also means your CarPC only has connectivity when your phone is in the car. OTOH, if the CarPC has a connection of its own it opens up a whole new world of possibilities (think On*Star).

    Have any of you started down this road?
    im working with a similar modem module, called Simcom SIM508 (GSM+GPS). they are designed for tracking and sensor applications... the connection between http server and gsm module can be called with 5-10 simple AT command, then small data packages can be sent to the server and back... but i think there is no way to use for normal internet connection...

    but we have an another project for a boat: router with linux os ( DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc ), and a GPRS/HSPDA modem on its USB port (there are several forum for huawei modems)
    "case": Skoda Superb Elegance 1.8T
    Asrock G41MH-GE, E2180 2GHz dualcore, 1024MB DDR2/800, Samsung F1 750GB/7200RPM/32MB, M4-ATX, Lilliput FA1011 HDMI touchscreen, ASUS Xonar DG PCI, homemade Quectel L10 USB GPS

  7. #7
    Constant Bitrate sergatiuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    204
    i currently use the samsung black jack for 3g with att, what i would really love to see is a USB device that i plug in and insert my sim.
    is have a $20 unlimited plan, att offers their 3g USB cards for 60-80 a month ????!!! thats ridiculous.
    but its also inconvenient to set the phone for internet sharing and having to plug it in every time i want internet...
    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
    2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5
    >"Say what you mean and mean what you say"<

  8. #8
    Maximum Bitrate
    Auto Apps:loading...
    VegasGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Las Vegas
    Posts
    575

    Clear Mobile

    I've got Clear mobile Wimax in my truck. Very nice, $40 a month for unlimited, and I can take the USB dongle and use it with any laptop or device I want when I'm not in the truck. Performance is really pretty good around town with just the occasional drop out.

    Around 2meg down in most cases.

    VegasGuy

  9. #9
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1
    My Car PC hardware has been hard at work, encoding DVDs, playing music etc sitting undert the telly as the home media centre. It"s just not right! Well it"s about time the day came that the car PC went back where it belongs, and the Car PC is being re-setup.

    Vlc Player Download

  10. #10
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    95
    Virgin Mobile has a USB Dongle -

    http://www.virginmobileusa.com/mobil...adband2go.html

    $10 for 100MB
    $40 for Unlimited Service

    T-Mobile as far as I know isn't charging extra for tethering, but the others are (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T), however one of my phones (Pantech Link) supports Blueooth pairing for modem use. I pay $15 for unlimited data but the Link is a feature phone, not a smart phone and who knows if you used it as a modem and started using uTorrent on your CarPC you might get charged extra.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Instructions on getting FREE wireless internet from T-Mobile using GPRS
    By bankingdom in forum Wireless Communications
    Replies: 298
    Last Post: 08-16-2011, 02:37 PM
  2. Mobistar gprs in belgium settings
    By winnox in forum Wireless Communications
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-11-2007, 02:30 AM
  3. WIFI CONNECTION MANAGERS (mini review)
    By liquid_smoke in forum Software & Software Development
    Replies: 48
    Last Post: 04-27-2007, 08:04 PM
  4. Replies: 56
    Last Post: 06-09-2006, 04:43 AM
  5. Dedicated GPRS "modems" for T-Mo
    By Sensor in forum Wireless Communications
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-26-2005, 12:53 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •