wireless card or wireless car and access point?
I'm currently in the planning stage of designing a carputer (ok, truckputer) system for my Land Rover Discovery II. I have an IBM T30 (w/o a LCD panel) setup as the CPU.
Currently a miniPCI 802.11a/b/g card is installed in the laptop.
What is the most popular wireless installation that everyone is using? Just a wireless card, or wireless card and an access point?
I'm thinking that I want to have a wireless access point installed in the truck (I have a spare Cisco 1200 and 1300 AP) bridged to connect to my home wireless network (currently using a Linksys G router). My thinking is that this will increase my wireless range as well as allow me to have a mobile wireless network. My current plans are to use an external antenna such as this one : http://www.hyperlinktech.com/web/hgv_2410u.php .
My biggest concern about using a vehicle mounted AP is power consumption (the cisco's run hot). I'm already planning on installing a large inverter for such uses as well as a dual battery setup (dual optimas - http://www.expeditionexchange.com/au...gDualBatt3.jpg ). However I will have addition power drains from the CB, winch, pocketPC, carputer, lilliput, and fog/spot light arrays.
Any suggestions/comments on the best way to use wireless in a car?
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