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    Honestly, my personal opinion is one PC acting as server like you say. But then using one touchscreen for up front for controlling the unit and your front end of choice. The rest can be client devices (Android, Win8, iOS) accessing media stored on the main PC.

    As you are probably aware, in my OpenMobile set up, I am also running TVersity media server on the PC. I put a good DLNA server/client on my Android devices such that they can share each others library, and the main TVersity library. I have a hotspot so all devices (including the PC) can get internet and connect to each other via wifi. The (currently) one other device (iPad) accesses TVersity via HTTP. This works well. I have headrest brackets that the tablets can be secured to.

    I previously went with open access to the in-car wifi but I would drive along and it randomly connected to some devices and then disconnect. Not normally a data usage issue but the beeping would irritate me

    You dont really need big name expensive tablets if you leave them in the car most of the time. But you would have to manage how to turn them off when nobody is in the car to use them, or take them in the house and anybody that wants to can bring them along. I'm sure there are scenarios you can dream up.

    Just some thoughts.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    Honestly, my personal opinion is one PC acting as server like you say. But then using one touchscreen for up front for controlling the unit and your front end of choice. The rest can be client devices (Android, Win8, iOS) accessing media stored on the main PC.

    As you are probably aware, in my OpenMobile set up, I am also running TVersity media server on the PC. I put a good DLNA server/client on my Android devices such that they can share each others library, and the main TVersity library. I have a hotspot so all devices (including the PC) can get internet and connect to each other via wifi. The (currently) one other device (iPad) accesses TVersity via HTTP. This works well. I have headrest brackets that the tablets can be secured to.

    I previously went with open access to the in-car wifi but I would drive along and it randomly connected to some devices and then disconnect. Not normally a data usage issue but the beeping would irritate me

    You dont really need big name expensive tablets if you leave them in the car most of the time. But you would have to manage how to turn them off when nobody is in the car to use them, or take them in the house and anybody that wants to can bring them along. I'm sure there are scenarios you can dream up.

    Just some thoughts.....

    Cheers,
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    Well I decided to have the PC kinda in the shadows. My dash screen will be replaced with a Nexus 7. The 6 seats will get the MK802 units. Then another unit will be added, the MK808, which is the stronger dual core version. That will be the so called shared setup.

    To bridge the audio between the Nexus and Car PC, I am simply going to use a 3.5 headphone cable and go from Nexus to Car PC audio. Where the Car PC will simulate 7.1 surround sound, which is what my setup is. I still have to work out the phone and texting part, but I am sure Android has solutions.

    Here is where I have questions. I have a serial OBD2 scanner, which has a serial to USB converter. I know for a fact drivers will be none existent. Would it be better to just buy a BT version, but if I do that, how will my phone pair with the Nexus? I also have the HD Radio and TPMS, which I would still like to use. I intend to keep my Car PC, so is there a way I can have them there, but the Nexus somehow accesses it?
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    Your device can have more than one bluetooth connection active at a time. Typically you cannot have more than one "type" of connection. So one bluetooth serial and one bluetooth phone connection should work fine.

    You are correct on the usb/serial adapter. I have not found any drivers for Android. But I have connected the OBDII bluetooth adapter AND a bluetooth audio device at the same time. I used the Android app Torque for the OBDII.

    I have a bit of an Android build thread going on here. Slow progress but lists what I am using and my thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    Your device can have more than one bluetooth connection active at a time. Typically you cannot have more than one "type" of connection. So one bluetooth serial and one bluetooth phone connection should work fine.

    You are correct on the usb/serial adapter. I have not found any drivers for Android. But I have connected the OBDII bluetooth adapter AND a bluetooth audio device at the same time. I used the Android app Torque for the OBDII.

    I have a bit of an Android build thread going on here. Slow progress but lists what I am using and my thoughts.
    Well I was doing some hunting and the thought of taking apart a $230.00 tablet didnt sit well with me. So I did browsing and came across a tablet called the Ainol Novo 7 Flame Android 4.0.4 Tablet PC IPS HD Screen 7 Inch 16GB Bluetooth Dual Camera. I ordered from a site called http://pandawill.com which sells tons of tablet. The stats on the Nova 7 Flame arent crazy like the Nexus 7, but its a good contender and only cost me $160.00 with shipping included via FedEx.


    Model : Ainol Novo 7 Flame
    CPU : Amlogic 8726-M6, 1.5GHz, Cortex-A9 dual core; GPU: Mali-400
    Operation System : Android 4.0.4
    RAM : 1GB (DDR 3)
    ROM(Memory): 16GB Nand Flash
    Shell Material : Aluminum shell
    Screen Size : 7 Inch
    Type : Capacitive Screen, IPS
    Display : LCD
    Resolution : 1280 x 800px
    Visible Angle : 178°
    Extend Card : Support TF card up to 32GB extended
    Camera : Dual camera,front camera is 2.0 and back is 5.0 megapixels. Back camera with a flashlight Dont really care about the rear cam, since it will be useless once its modded into the dash.
    Gravity Sensor : Yes
    Multi-Touch : Yes, 5 points multi-touch
    Flash : Support Flash 11.1
    Google Play : Yes, built in
    Bluetooth : Yes, support bluetooth 2.1 version
    GPS : No I really hate that it doesnt have GPS. I'm hoping it can piggy back off the GNex
    Video : 1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
    Music : MP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG
    Ebook : UMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…
    OTG : Yes, support ExFAT, NTFS, FAT32
    USB HOST : 2.0
    Email and Browser : Yes, built in
    WIFI : Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
    3G : Not built in, support external 3G dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750, HUAWEI EC122, HUAWEI EM770W
    Earphone Interface : 3.5mm
    Work Time : Up to 7 hours for video, 5 hours for game Lol, this tablet will be connected to my huge, high preformance battery. It will probably be able to stay on for weeks, months, maybe even years!
    Battery : 5000 MAh, 3.7V
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    Sometimes the thought of off-brand chinese stuff makes me nervous. I look forward to your review of this unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    Sometimes the thought of off-brand chinese stuff makes me nervous. I look forward to your review of this unit.
    Normally I would look the other way, but the site was highly recommended. Also there are tons of reviews on this tablet. So far there are not many complaints, nothing that makes it unusable. My only issue is that there is no GPS. I saw a site on how to connect a USB GPS, so maybe my GPS puck will have use after all. Ill let you know how the unit works.

    Now I have to figure out how to get it into my dash and have it look like the Lilliput that is there.

    Also what sucks is that if all this works out, there is a lot of cabling that has to be removed from the truck, lol. Another note though, the setup will be more mobile natured.

    Have a question, you think I can X-out the HD Radio. I hear there are apps that will have local radio stations on them. So all I really need is the OBD2, TPMS, and GPS. I just wonder if there is a way to get the tablet to access them while connected to the PC.
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    Have a question, you think I can X-out the HD Radio. I hear there are apps that will have local radio stations on them.
    I've never used HD Radio, so I can't comment on that. However, before the pc I did listen to local fm radio and didn't like it that much. Since getting my smartphone though, I've actually been streaming a lot of internet radio, a lot that can stream sports/comedy/news/etc as well as music. Might want to check out Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, Last.FM, Rdio (I think), and there might be others... I didn't miss a beat of local radio, as I get my news before driving anyways lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Have a question, you think I can X-out the HD Radio. I hear there are apps that will have local radio stations on them. So all I really need is the OBD2, TPMS, and GPS. I just wonder if there is a way to get the tablet to access them while connected to the PC.
    For my Android tablets I use TunedIn. I can get almost any terrestrial FM station I desire. It also receives many kinds of regular internet radio streams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    For my Android tablets I use TunedIn. I can get almost any terrestrial FM station I desire. It also receives many kinds of regular internet radio streams.
    Thats the route I have decided to take. Now for the OBD2 aspect, I have decided to re-use my USB OBD2 scanner. Any tablet that has Android 3.0 and has USB HOST Mode, can connect the device. You also have to use the app Torque Pro.

    Phone/Text issue, was easily taken care of. I am using an app called Tablet Talk. Allows me to send text and even answer and use the phone. They say it only works if you use a BT headset for the phone part, but remember, I got a big headset sitting in the trunk, its called a Car PC. So I will reuse those components.

    Now the GPS issue I though was going to break my head, I simply downloaded an app called TetherGPS. Problem is now solved, it basically send the GPS data of my phone to tablet. It works through Wifi, so I do not have to worry about tying up BT.

    Looks like everything is coming along fast. I should have went this route a long time ago. Now trying to research how to get a TPMS solution into the mix.
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    After searching, I think I may have found a TPMS solution. Its called TireHawk Bright+. You can download the software on the Android market. It connects via wifi I think. Here is a link to their site. http://tirehawk.eu/support-en/installation/.

    Im also going to leave a post in the RR / CF threads to see if maybe I can salvage the TPMS solution I have for Centrafuse.
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