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    Super Low Power for long term running?!

    I'm currently planning out my first car computer. I'm looking at options between high power and low power VIA Eden boards, or alternately something like a Gmini or PDA.

    My issue is that I would like to wifi the onboard computer to an AP in my house and have a video feed from a small webcam and motion sensing alerts/alarms.

    This of course means that the computer has to run for at least 48-72 hours without the engine running. Would a fanless mini-itx together wit ha dedicated battery be up to the job?

    Note that this is for a 1990s mini, so I would rather not go for more then one extra battery due to space constraints.

    Thanks,
    SN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killroy
    I'm currently planning out my first car computer. I'm looking at options between high power and low power VIA Eden boards, or alternately something like a Gmini or PDA.

    My issue is that I would like to wifi the onboard computer to an AP in my house and have a video feed from a small webcam and motion sensing alerts/alarms.

    This of course means that the computer has to run for at least 48-72 hours without the engine running. Would a fanless mini-itx together wit ha dedicated battery be up to the job?

    Note that this is for a 1990s mini, so I would rather not go for more then one extra battery due to space constraints.
    I don'e believe even a second mattery will allow you to do what you want with a PC, even the lowest-power EPIA board. It will drain the battery long before the timeframe you want.
    I couldn't say about a PDA because I simply don't know.

    Good luck.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    I've just come across a site that also mentioned camera based security with paging function based on a EPIA board. They mentioned using Wake-On-Lan features. I'm curious if this is viable, although you could not hook into hte camera with a life wifi feed.

    Another option I was considerign was to use a standalone wifi camera and connect it to my home computer, running hte security features completely from there. Of course this will only work while parked outside, or near a wifi hotspot of some kind.

    a PDA seems lieka great solution to the power issue. Unfortunately I know of none to which I could connect a full size (well a 7" lilliput touch screen) or connect other "grown up" peripherials such as a DVD drive or harddisk.

    SN

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