Trendnet 7dBi omnidirectional wi-fi antenna
This is the Trendnet 7dBi gain Wi-Fi antenna, to catch all the wireless network signal out there, stronger, and faster than my stock antenna. It has to stay on the vertical, and it's fairly big, shouldn't be around metal ideally, although it works inside the trunk.
As I said before, everytime I park the car in the garage, I can hit SYNC and it synchronizes the media folder contents from my home network. But I have 10min for that, before the computer shuts itself off. So the faster the connection the better. I can also use "remote desktop" feature from my office, and I avoid to work on the car as soon as possible. If I leave the ignition on, I can keep the computer on for hours...the DSATX PSU I use will turn off the computer as soon as it reaches 10volts (8 volts is enough to start the car).
The problem with this is that is too much convenient: yesterday, when the computer turned off, I forgot to go back to the garage and turn the ignition off, so this afternoon the battery was dead! http://forums2.freshalloy.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif Stupid me.
Anyway, here is the Trendnet antenna. It got good reviews, if you know what to expect from an Omnidirectional antenna, which is what you need in a car environment. It not pretty though, and it's velcroed in there. Easy to remove if I want to. But it did improve reception, and that is what matter for now.
It does look dirty and soiled. The flash just made things worse (maybe just more real! http://forums2.freshalloy.com/images...s/rolleyes.gif . It is probably hastly applied Lexol leather care. Have to do a better job next time...The little square marks below are from the base of a baby cam. It didn't work as I expected, too sensitive to day light. But I figured out a better solution, I post it later.
HDTV antenna on the rear deck
I took the strong magnet inside the Trendnet Wi-Fi antenna and use it on the antenna that came with a portable USB HDTV Tuner. I put the Fusion RT 5 Gold PCI on the car, only because it was laying around the house, and I wanted to check on the reception. I live around moutains so I knew that close to home it would be hard to get HD anyway, but I manage to get one station, poorly. I bet that close to San Francisco I'll get better reception, but I'll probably ditch this anyway for a SlingBox solution, if and when I get internet in my car at all times.
Anyway, this is how the antenna is fixed on my rear deck: