acer iconia replaces carpc
so i finally decided to replace my carpc with an android tablet. best decision ever. easiest install too. my only problem is getting a steady 12v to triger automateit to turn on and off wifi, bt and the screen but i ordered a car charge with 12v and 2amps. i bought an open box acer iconia a100 7inch for $175 since i have its big brother already.
i already have two wrt54g one in wireless bridge mode both hacked with ,custom firmware so that one unit is a regular wireless router that connects to wireless devices or wired devices and the other uses the wireless antenna to automatically connect to my cellphone hotspot and is wired to the othe router, they both use 12v so no convesion was neccesary.
with the wireless hotspot on it gets automatically connected by the router, the tablet autoconnects to the route and boom! internet on the tablet while driving and assuming good signal strength.
next is gps. i bought the mkii bluetooth gps and use an app that uses an extenal gps for the tablet. works great with google maps and google navigation.
audio. the audio output could be a cable but i havent disconnected my headunit from the car, it in the storage box below the radio. my dash radio has bluetooth so for now the tablet connects audio to headunit by bluetooth and quality is good plus i dont have to worry about cable being damaged.
a note about bluetooth is that i can have at least two connections at once and im going to try for more. =)
i bought a uebo 200 that uses 12v, can house a 2tb sata drive, usb host for flashdisk or dvd drive, is a dlna server and all over the car network wired or wireless .... plus it has a remote if u place it in the open. cant wait to connect it but keeping fingers ,crossed.
what i will miss is the backup camera on the headunit. the only work around is a slingbox 200 or slingbox solo which has a composite video in for the backup camera and connects to the network so it "should" play on the tablet.
last note is multiple headrest monitors. i already have 2 headrest monitors that have vga input both connected to a powered 4 port vga splitter in the car. the tablet has a mini hdmi port and i bought a mini hdmi to vga converter to get the tablet signal to the other monitors. apparently they're popular for ipad to video projectors.
i think that just covers my current and future plans. when i get stuff in the mail and connect it i will try to update this for those who are interested. questions or comments?