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    Fastest Internet Option?

    Wussup guys? I'm a total newbie when it comes to this CarPC stuff. Well I'm planning to take the dive into it but just wanted to know what options I have for an internet connection. Of course I want the fastest possible connection . I've spent the last couple days searching the forums but couldn't really find a distinct answer. I was thinking bout getting a PCI to PCMIA adapter and using EV-DO service from Verizon. But from what I understand, no one has been successful in using this in their CarPC right? I want a fast internet connection so I can hook up a SlingBox to watch cable tv in the car. What's the best current option available? And if comes down to it, can I just hook up a laptop to the in-dash touchscreen monitor and use the internet that way? Would the touchscreen still work? Thanks!

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    There is no reason why a PCI-to-PCMCIA adapter with a Verizon EVDO card wouldn't work.
    I believe there are people who have done the same thing, although using the integrated PCMCIA in the MIII10000 motherboards.

    If you're using a touchscreen that's designed for PC use (like the ones in the mp3car.com store), your idea about the laptop would work just fine.
    If you're talking about a touchscreen integrated into an all-in-one headunit, then that's not going to work, as that touchscreen will only control the headunit.
    Someone did hack a Kenwood headunit and get the touchscreen working on a PC. However, I wouldn't want to crack open a $1500 headunit jsut to pull this off...
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    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    There is no reason why a PCI-to-PCMCIA adapter with a Verizon EVDO card wouldn't work.
    I believe there are people who have done the same thing, although using the integrated PCMCIA in the MIII10000 motherboards.

    If you're using a touchscreen that's designed for PC use (like the ones in the mp3car.com store), your idea about the laptop would work just fine.
    If you're talking about a touchscreen integrated into an all-in-one headunit, then that's not going to work, as that touchscreen will only control the headunit.
    Someone did hack a Kenwood headunit and get the touchscreen working on a PC. However, I wouldn't want to crack open a $1500 headunit jsut to pull this off...
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    Darque, thanks for the speedy response man. All the threads I came across people were saying they couldn't get it to work. Here's a one of them...
    EV-DO aircard installed inside trunk??
    Seems like the PCMCIA card only works on laptops. But if its been done like you said then thats really great. You remember any of the members SN who have done this? I would like to contact them about it. I was searching for more info on the MIII10000 motherboard you were talking bout with the integrated PCMCIA but couldn't find anything on it. Could you give me more info? Also do you know if Sprint's EV-DO would work as well? I was planning to use Verizon's EV-DO but I just found out Sprint's is faster. Anyways thanks a lot for the help!

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    Wow. I don't remember that discussion.
    I have no idea why that wouldn't work, but if it doesn't, it doesn't. I couldn't help you, then.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by RedemptionCL
    I was planning to use Verizon's EV-DO but I just found out Sprint's is faster.
    Just curious, but where'd you get that particular information? As both carriers are using the same technology the speeds should be pretty much the same.

    I haven't done any looking around, but i'd think that VZW's EV-DO services would be more available than Sprint's due to VZW's larger network.

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    I have a PCMCIA to IDE card adapter, and I have used various PCMCIA cards on it. It works fine. Your evdo thing should work too.

    IMO Verizon data services are much more expensive than sprint. Sprint will give you discounts up the ying yang if you call their customer support reps too (work at kmart? Thats 15% off. Bank at a credit union? 10%)
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    I also have a PCI card adapter that allows me to plug in a type 3 PCMCIA card into the back of my PC that I found at a computer swap meet for $5. works great for all kinds of PC Cards from network to TV. I also mentioned in another thread just this past week that the old Orinoco USB 802.11 wedge (blade/wing/whatever you call it - reminds me of the old blade antennas for staff cars) is nothing more than an USB to PCMCIA adapter with an Orinoco Silver PCMCIA network card inside. I've used this to for several other PCMCIA cards without a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahntassa
    Just curious, but where'd you get that particular information? As both carriers are using the same technology the speeds should be pretty much the same.

    I haven't done any looking around, but i'd think that VZW's EV-DO services would be more available than Sprint's due to VZW's larger network.
    I don't remember where but I read it on some article online. It said on average Sprint had higher speeds. I think it just varies from city to city. I heard Verizon shuts down your connection if you use too much bandwidth, even with the unlimited data plan. Which is pretty stupid.

    Anyways thanks for all the help fellas. I'm a give it a try.

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    Please keep in mind that using Slingbox (or anything else that streams a lot of data) over an EVDO connection is an excellent way to get your account cancelled.

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    it is true that some pcmcia adaptors don't work with the evdo cards though... don't assume they all do.... there are several requirements & standards to pcmcia... I forgot which it was that edvo cards required but some pc slots don't provide... it may have been support for 12v devices?

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