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    all in one solution?

    Hi,

    I am very new to the carputer world... I have just started to piece together a system for myself. One of the main things I am interested in is of course internet access and gps, but I realize since I am removing my stereo I will also need fm/am.

    I guess my first question is: Is an antennae really required for gps and fm/am? I know that I would like an antennae for 802.11g but I am not sure about the others...

    If I should get an antennae for all these different applications is there a universal antennae that will perform all the functions I need? (ie 802.11g, gps, fm/am, maybe even tv tuner) I can't see having a 3 or 4 antennas on my car.... lol

    Finally, can anyone point me to a tutorial on hookin up an antenna to a wireless card for example. I have found lots of antenna to purchase online but I don't see how they can connect to the card.

    Thanks for any help,

    slevytam

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    Yes you will need antennas for all of the above. The good thing is you can get away with having then all hidden except for the GPS antenna. I have been running a GPS receiver in the corner of my dash/windshield with out a problem. There are actually gps receivers that will be coming to market soon that allow you to pick up a fix inside a building. When those come out you should be able to put it anywhere in the car. I am sure they are going to be pricey though. If you really need a all in one antenna I think the MP3Car store has them. Only problem then is you are going to need a wireless card and gps receiver that have a hook up for an external antenna.
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    Most cars already have an am/fm antenna, and the mp3car store sells a gps/gsm/wifi antenna that's very discrete...

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    Thanks for your replies!

    I took a look at the antenna on mp3car's store.... Unfortunately, it only does 802.11b. I also noticed that it is a 0 db antenna. How would this compare with a 8.5dbi antenna such as this? http://www.hyperlinktech.com/web/hg2409mgu.php

    I am still feelin kinda lost in all this... Could you maybe just tell me what the most popular setup typically is for 802.11g, gps, and fm plus antenna.... I think for now I am probably best trying an initial setup with the most common components and then maybe I can go from there. (ie im lookin for brands/models of necessary components!)

    Thanks again,

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    JC pointed you to the ant that mp3car store sells cus is and all in one (like you title ) but then again you can use separate ant to every APP (I got the 6inches 5 db from hipertech for WIFi and it run pretty good, for Am/Fm I got a eurostyle form ebay and for GPS I just got a mouse USB without ext ant.

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    As for needing an antenna for GPS or needing the GPS visable. That depends. I've got mine hidden under a plastic trim piece next to a rear window. So far, I always gotten a lock. I would buy the things you want and worry about antennas later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slevytam
    Thanks for your replies!

    I took a look at the antenna on mp3car's store.... Unfortunately, it only does 802.11b. I also noticed that it is a 0 db antenna. How would this compare with a 8.5dbi antenna such as this? http://www.hyperlinktech.com/web/hg2409mgu.php

    I am still feelin kinda lost in all this... Could you maybe just tell me what the most popular setup typically is for 802.11g, gps, and fm plus antenna.... I think for now I am probably best trying an initial setup with the most common components and then maybe I can go from there. (ie im lookin for brands/models of necessary components!)

    Thanks again,

    slevytam

    Just a note: 802.11b and 802.11g are using the same frequencies, so my guess would be it works for both... Pretty sure actually...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slevytam
    Thanks for your replies!

    I took a look at the antenna on mp3car's store.... Unfortunately, it only does 802.11b. I also noticed that it is a 0 db antenna. How would this compare with a 8.5dbi antenna such as this? http://www.hyperlinktech.com/web/hg2409mgu.php
    There is no "most popular" all-in-one antenna, except for the one on the mp3car store, because there aren't many different offerings. AFAIK, that one is it.

    How does 0dB compare to 8.5dBi? It's 8.5dBi less ;-) Just Kidding. All the 0dB antenna gets you is an antenna outside the car. It provides no gain but probably has less interference from things like car sheet metal. So, it might be an overall win. The 8.5dBi antenna provides 8.5dB of gain. dB is not a linear scale, every 3dB is twice the power, so 8.5 is nearly 8 times the power of the other antenna. I can't say for sure whether that's an overall gain if it's mounted inside your car, but if the 8.5 is mounted in the same place as the 0dB, it's a better deal.
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    Thanks for your reply... Sorry for the late response but its the holidays....

    Could you suggest a usb 802.11g product that can be used with an antenna. I guess this should be my first step while I research to find the best antenna!

    Thanks for all the help,

    slevytam

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    I hava a buffalo usb wifi card with a 5dB external antenna and it works great. I dont remember the model number. I bought it on ebay for $30.
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