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    I know this thread is quite old, but did you find any problems with your battery draining with your Mac in sleep mode?

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    Bug: Have you considered this option:

    http://www.orangeware.com/endusers/wirelessformac.html

    Apparently they make a driver that adds to the airports abilities.
    Now,I've yet to get my machines in my car, but if the problem has not been resolved by then I may give it a whirl. On the other hand, I may also just stick a relatively inexpensive router in my car to pick up wireless wherever I am, and with a few ports on the back networking to any other machine in the car is a snap (PC or MAC). In addition to that, if you ever bring another machine with NIC or wireless capability, you can instantly connect to the router hidden in your car.

    That in fact might be the nicest option as you will not have speed issues over at least a 10/100 NIC connection.

    Mind running another wire in your car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamz
    I know this thread is quite old, but did you find any problems with your battery draining with your Mac in sleep mode?
    Haven't had any problems with sleep. There was a single instance where the P1900 somehow got out of synch with the Mini and ran the battery dead but I don't consider that normal. It sleeps and wakes great! About 3 seconds from car start to music.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    How long have you been able to leave it sit (without a recharge (running the car)) and still be able to start it. (the car)? Having the 'puter in sleep that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecolor
    Bug: Have you considered this option:

    http://www.orangeware.com/endusers/wirelessformac.html


    Mind running another wire in your car?
    Well, I made this really nice dock that works well and all, but the ONE THING I left out was an ethernet cable. I mean, with wireless and all, I figured why bother? Possibly an oversight I regret now.

    I've moved on and ordered a USB KVM switch so I can get these things working together.

    Quote Originally Posted by thecolor
    How long have you been able to leave it sit (without a recharge (running the car)) and still be able to start it. (the car)? Having the 'puter in sleep that is.
    I've left it over 3 days with no problems. The P1900 has a low voltage cutoff at around 11.5 volts so it won't run the battery dead. You can reprogram it to cutoff at a higher voltage.

    If I'm going to be out of it for more than a weekend, I shut it down or remove it from the car.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    3 days... hmm. This might sound crazy, but is there anyway I can request a test (of course totally on your schedule). I'm very interested in the likelihood of being able to leave it on always for constant communication, etc. Of course a car is typically driven at least every other day, unless alternate means afford them self, however I'm the type that likes to have as many options as possible.

    And man!!!, ya forgot the nic jack, I must admit, wireless is nice, but ultimately wired is fastest (still) (way to much redundancy in wireless connections to make them that fast. Even on my 108mb wireless router, I don't get it. It will say it does, but with wireless you have to have redundant packets sent to make sure the whole bit gets across, otherwise corruption. More so than wired. Don't get me wrong, I love my wireless options, cell phone, wi-fi, Bluetooth, etc... but if I can get a wired connection without to much hassle, I'm all over it.

    I may eventually just have a backup solar recharge for a secondary battery so it has that always on saftey feature.

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    If with your wireless your looking for more speed, accuracy and distance you may want to consider 802.11n. While the final standard has not been approved, Belkin does offer pre-N products. Even with redundancy they will achieve 108mbps. They are also backwards compatable. And are actually suppose to hit 600mbps if both connections are 802.11n.

    From IEEE P802 Task Group n meeting:

    IEEE P802.11 - TASK GROUP N - MEETING UPDATE:
    Status of Project IEEE 802.11n
    Standard for Enhancements for Higher Throughput
    January 2006, Kona, Hawaii, US
    Task group n has voted unanimously to confirm selection of a joint proposal for high throughput wireless local area networks. This proposal will amend and extend the IEEE 802.11(TM) WirelessLAN standard to incorporate new technologies for increasing the throughput of wireless local area networks up to 600 Mbps.

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    I would love to give it a whirl, although I just recently forked the doe for this baby. Oh well. When it's old enough for me to care we will be much further past 108mb. Sides, in my next house I will be wiring everything in fiber, so until wireless can beat the speed of light, here I come lighting.

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    Secondary Mac Mini Power Supply

    Bug, Hope you don't mind me posting this reference here, as you seem to have been the real go getter in the installation process and have the most frequent visits, I figure it would be a good place to get the word out.

    I recently ran into a story and purchased a secondary Mac Mini Power supply for $49 from Apple and wanted to share that they are now available.

    I've posted a small spot in this forum: http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=70270 on the deal.

    Please post any further comments about that product either on that post or a new one, since this is about Bugs setup.

    Thanks

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    BugByte, you work a lot with plexy I've seen. How do you cut it so nicely. What did you use to cut the plexy for the cupholdered Powemate?

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