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    in car NAS

    does anyone have a nas arrangement running in their car?
    my original plan was to have a tablet as a headunit, with some kind of storage attached directly to it (either sd card or external ssd) but there are limitations with either way
    I was also planning on using my phone as a wifi hotspot for data connection rather than having to get a different contract for the car.
    My biggest concern with a nas is the time it takes to fire up, maybe it's just the one I have but it likes to take a while! are there any ones good for in car usage? they normally don't like to be switched on and off all the time and they would be in the car

    hopefully someone can figure out how to get a nexus or galaxy going with external storage and charging soon, but got to explore the alternatives!

    cheers

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    Have a look at this segate device - From what i have heard it dosnt take to long to load up and it has a free iphone/android app to access all the data on it!

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Seagate-F...item3cc5b2ab3b
    (This is a 2010 model i just found out but it gives you the idea anyway!)

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    I've read some very mixed reviews of those!
    my worry is that if I have the tablet accessing the hdd via wifi I won't be able to use the data connection tethering with my phone, which could be problematic unless I had a router which had some kind of data connection (but that would me another contract)

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    im going to start a post with what im going to do with my new car project. part of it is storage and videos. look at the uebo 200 or 400. it can hold a sata drive with two or three terabytes, is wireless and wired. but ...... its a dlna server and will stream movie files on it to your tablet, even mkv. also, from what i understand it has a usb host and client port so u ca put movies on a usb disk or .... movies on an external dvd play since it reads vob files as well. only solution that can play mkv to your tablet and possibly use a dvd player/drive to play on the tablet. i ordered it and will tell you howit works.

    as a small aside i took two wrt54g and used custom firmware so that one route connects to my cell phone for intenet and the other is just a wireless router. this allows for the tablet and uebo to be on the same network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khisanthax View Post
    im going to start a post with what im going to do with my new car project. part of it is storage and videos. look at the uebo 200 or 400. it can hold a sata drive with two or three terabytes, is wireless and wired. but ...... its a dlna server and will stream movie files on it to your tablet, even mkv. also, from what i understand it has a usb host and client port so u ca put movies on a usb disk or .... movies on an external dvd play since it reads vob files as well. only solution that can play mkv to your tablet and possibly use a dvd player/drive to play on the tablet. i ordered it and will tell you howit works.

    as a small aside i took two wrt54g and used custom firmware so that one route connects to my cell phone for intenet and the other is just a wireless router. this allows for the tablet and uebo to be on the same network.
    will be very interested to read your thread on this - had a quick search and it seems that the uebo isn't availible in my country but if it works like the reviews say it might be worth getting one sent over!
    Where did you get the firmware for the routers? (and how did you manage to set that connection up?!)

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    I used openwrt which compatible with hundreds of routers but I've had good experiences with the wrt54g v4.0. Its not a complicated upate. You jus hae to upload two firmwares to the routers. Route A is a wireless bridge, its radio antenna connects to the cellphone hotspot and has a wired connection to router B which is a regular outer and its radio antenna connects to devices in the car. This allows devices in the car to use the cellphone as a modem.

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    makes sense
    get some pics up on your own thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by khisanthax View Post
    only solution that can play mkv to your tablet and possibly use a dvd player/drive to play on the tablet. i ordered it and will tell you howit works.
    If you can get any given NAS to show up on your network with samba shared files, you can use cifs support in android to mount it to an internal storage location on the tablet, thus allowing any number of android apps to see the files (including mkv's) and work with them as if they were stored on the tablet. I believe you can do that with the Seagate device (with a firmware swap-out for samba support), and with the multi-router setup discussed, I would think there would be any number of USB or ethernet connected storage solutions capable of the same thing. I do it with samba shares over my home network, I dunno why such things wouldn't be possible in a multi-router in-car environment, without the extra hassle or expense of a DLNA solution.

    So long as you have samba shared files on the network, and root access to your device, it should be a no-brainer. Either use a ROM with baked-in samba support, like most flavors of CM10, or get the cifs.ko and md4.ko modules for your particular kernel, do some setup in the free cifsManager app, push a button to mount your NAS on the tablet, and away you go...your android apps don't even know they're talking to an off-board drive. You can also use a scripting app to accomplish the same thing via an insmod command, automagically. Such a setup eliminates the need for specialized android apps such as the Seagate file browser, ES file explorer, DLNA-enabled players, etc. to browse and play files...everything shows up under any app capable of browsing directories on the tablet for media. Play that .mkv with BS Player, look at that pic with Gallery, read that comic from PerfectViewer or whatever.

    This would also eliminate entirely the need for DLNA devices, provided your movies are in a format that will stream without down-conversion for a lower bitrate over wireless. You can get your multi-monitor setups by converting the HDMI out on the tablet and repeating vga. Maybe you'd be limited with 25 GB bluray rips over wireless n stuttering a bit, but I'd question the wisdom of carrying full-bitrate rips around in multi-terrabyte storage solutions for playback on small touch screens. I'm a video nut, but I can't pick out the difference between a 2-gig h.264 converted high profile bluray rip at 720p on my Asus Transformer Infinity, and the 25 gig full-bitrate rip on the same 1900 X 1200 screen at 2-3 feet viewing distance. If you've got a trunk-mounted plasma or a 32-inch flip-down in the back with pneumatics on it, go for it but I've got a 7" display on my dash and it isn't necessary for me to stream things from DLNA sources.
    Last edited by hithere; 12-12-2012 at 08:47 PM.
    I have too much time and too little aggravation in my life, so I built a carPC. ;)

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    HiThere,

    Nice reply. I just setup the TP-Link TL-3020 as my NAS. I have mine setup as a WWAN and it shares my USB device. My question to you is if you have your setup as an Access Point or the same as mine. The TL-3020 does not have a DHCP host so it has to be done this way until i can find a way to do it in AP mode. I'd really like to have an AP with the USB support rather than having to tether my phone for the DHCP support. What device are you using and how do you have your configured? Also, when you mount the device does the media show up in your Google Play Music and Google Play Music apps? Thanks for any help.

    Bobby

    EDIT: I SSH'd into my router and setup three separate profiles to controll the router. Mode 1 enables me to use the router as a hotspot using static IPs. Mode #2 and #3 enabled the router to join my home and car (tethered Android phone) respectively AND have internet.

    Bobby
    Last edited by besjr69; 01-08-2013 at 12:34 PM.

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