My first cable looked like that. For some reason, the most recent cable I purchased can charge right off of the USB port.
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hey guys awsome thread, I've been following for a while now & I just ordered the i455 & an extra cable straight from mologogo.
did anyone notice the custom kit they did that is motion sensing & turns the phone on when movement is detected?, then turns it off when stopped... apparently when the phone powers on, it automaticly starts mologogo... now this is cool,
if we can find a mechanical way of sensing weather the phone is transmitting or not, then we could devise an auto restart sequence, so that the worries of interuption would be minimized.... I'm going to work on that when I get mine... it may be as simple as a pic that can sense the 1 min intervals of transmission by way of amperage draw increase.... if there is no spike in amperage draw in any 5 consecutive minutes it can restat the phone, making the getto lojack that much less getto
when I get mine I'll play with this, until seeing it & using it, it's hard to know if theres an easier way that this, maybe there is a light that comes on when transmitting? there has to be some way of checking if it's transmitting at intervals or not I would think... bugbytes 1 day restart is ok, but 1 day is a hell of a long time to wait if you want to track something now
I'm a big fan of verizons evdo, but with several cars & only 1 evdo account this seems to fill the gap nicely as a permanent install in each car for when the evdo happens to not be available to that car.... I'm hoping the connection is good enough to be able to remote into it with gotomypc, so I can remote start the car & stuff from the net... I see a few hacks to this phone in my near future
Now, here's a bummer. Bugbyte posted up a hack (well, a work-around) to deal with an app getting interrupted when there's an incoming call. Basically, you just forward your phone to a non-existent number and you're set. No additional fees are incurred.
But, there's a problem... When the phone power's up, it stops and prompts you that "Forwarding on" and you have to hit a button to continue. The 2nd bummer is that this message kills the auto-start feature. Mologogo loads and initializes before the prompt, but seems to pause until AFTER you respond to the prompt.
Now, you may say... "No one will call me! I won't give out my number!". Yeup, I said that.... Then I started getting calls.
Seems that someone had my number before me and they have a bit of credit trouble - people are looking for them. Also, I've gotten nice greeting messages twice now from Boost. _ARGH_
The theory is good, but the additional current draw is VERY low. I think you'll be in the noise using a PIC as a detector.if there is no spike in amperage draw in any 5 consecutive minutes it can restart the phone...
No lights, no pixel change in the display to detect... You could build up a narrow bandpass filter and toss a detector on on it to look for the carrier firing up....maybe there is a light that comes on when transmitting? there has to be some way of checking if it's transmitting at intervals or not I would think.
Remember also that Mologogo is a Java app... Not that source is available, but there's always the possibility of talking to those folks and seeing if they'll add some sort of an externally addressable flag.
The connection to the 'net is on demand from the PC side through DUN. You'll need something on the PC side to keep the connection alive and to report the IP address. ping and using something like the dyndns updater should work just fine. I wouldn't use just the dyndns updater itself on a short interval, they get kinda' PO'd when you do that - not that I would know.I'm hoping the connection is good enough to be able to remote into it with gotomypc, so I can remote start the car & stuff from the net...
ok, so the phone startup sequence can be press power button, wait a predetermined amount of time, then press a button to aknowledge the msg. of forwarding... your saying that if the phone is on & transmitting to mologogo, the ONLY thing that can interupt it is an incoming call? is there any other toimes that this might just stop transmitting?
I'm going to use a beeper to activate my pc remotely & start it up, it can then connect to the net automaticly, these things are so cheap now, I think you can get beeper service for like $35 a year...... I was planning on doing this with my evdo anyway, then I'm going to use the fusion brain to control car starting, among other things.... wrong numbers will do no harm other than starting my pc for 15 minutes on the odd acation that should happen...
so the sequence will be call my car(beeper), then a few minutes later I can remote into it...
I guess the only problem remaining is a way to monitor & remedy a case of stop transmitting... can this happen even when calls are forwarded or is it pretty solid at that point?
Nope, once the app is running, then short of the battery dying (look like about 5 hours from what BugByte has seen with a 1 minute refresh interval, my mileage is varying), it's there. Forwarding looks like it's happening through signaling and it doesn't interrupt the Java app.I guess the only problem remaining is a way to monitor & remedy a case of stop transmitting... can this happen even when calls are forwarded or is it pretty solid at that point?
_I_ have a reboot issue though - the phone is rebooting when it's plugged into the PC. It happens 3-7 minutes after plugging it in and it NEVER spontaneously reboots if it's off the PC. At this point, I'm fairly sure it's not the _cable_ itself, and I'm pretty sure it's not common since I've never seen anyone else mention it.
I have a strange inkling it's the Windows USB enumerator. At the moment, my phone isn't fully "discovered" in Windows... I don't have the modem drivers installed. So it could just be the enumerator kicking the device once-in-a-while to see if it's alive.
It's not solid on my end. The app has a tendency to 'hang' if it loses GPS fix or can't download data for awhile. Restarting it fixes the problem.
Right now, I have to use the cigarette charger AND the USB cable to power this beast in the car.