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    Wireless network between 2 vehicles?

    Ok, I am wondering if there is a way to have 2 or more cars with carputers be going on a road trip and have a wireless "network" between all them. I would want to be able to share the music and possibly do a "phone" connection between them like a conference call. Just something I have been thinking about. It would be good for long roadtrips. Basically the people in the caravan could share music and be able to communicate with each other without wasting cell minutes. Any ideas?

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    wow i never thought of that. thats a damn good idea

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    there are a couple ways, but both vehicles would need a computer, you can either set up a wireless access point in 1 vehicle and have both vehicles connect to it, or you can create an AD-HOC network. where you just network the 2 PCs using WiFi cards together. then you can use something like microsofts confrence software or something similar.

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    XP allows peer-to-peer network connections that are reasonably reliable. I have used this to transfer files from my laptop to CarPC and otherwise administer via a Remote Desktop connection. I did encounter problems where I had to reinitialize the connection from one or both ends and, in some cases, delete and re-establish the connection entirely. This might not be the best solution for you but it should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kameleon
    Ok, I am wondering if there is a way to have 2 or more cars with carputers be going on a road trip and have a wireless "network" between all them. I would want to be able to share the music and possibly do a "phone" connection between them like a conference call. Just something I have been thinking about. It would be good for long roadtrips. Basically the people in the caravan could share music and be able to communicate with each other without wasting cell minutes. Any ideas?

    Kameleon
    I think frs radios would work better talking back inforth.

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    Seems like it would work. You could use a program like uhh... teamspeak?? Or roger wilco, anyone remember that?
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    I think having 1 watt amps in both cars. Would be a good choice. Im kinda iffy on two cars traveling apart on the highway. Trying to grab the other cars signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunmaster
    I think having 1 watt amps in both cars. Would be a good choice. Im kinda iffy on two cars traveling apart on the highway. Trying to grab the other cars signal.
    Why wouldn't it work without your amps?? If I can grab signal driving around the neighborhood, why not on the highway from another car? I'm gonna have to try this I'm thinkin'...
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    It's easily possible - we've done it. We had a laptop in one car (dashpc in the other, obviously), and we logged onto each others' boxes, touched files, etc. just to prove we were on the other guys' box.

    On the hardware side, radio waves travel much faster than a car and as such, you can easily communicate using 802.11.

    On the software side, we're using an IP routing protocol designed exclusively for On-Demand Vector based communication. However, we're on linux. With the right software though, XP, etc. could communicate over WiFi peer-to-peer at land-speed.

    So yes, you could easily IM your buddy while going 90mph on the interstate.

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    I have found a few possible sollutions that could do this. I don't want to do the FRS stuff cause it is plain jane. I want the coolness factor too. Plus I want the handsfree deal. I can set this up to where it will mute my music when someone talks and so. I would really like it to be able to hold a conversation like a phone not like a FRS radio. I am working on this and will keep ya'll up to date.

    Kameleon

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