Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Part 6 - Internet Connections

Everyone that is on a computer wants one thing... INTERNET! Computers and internet access go hand in hand in today's society. Without email, instant messenger, blogs, up-to-date news, and all the other wonders provided by the internet, a computer is worthless to most people. While your car computer has a specific purpose of delivering endless amounts of music to your ears, it can also provide you with a portable means to access the internet. Choices, choices...

802.11a/b/g (Wireless)
The simplest and cheapest way to add access to the internet from your car computer is using standard wireless networking components. With these you can connect to any open hotspot or your own personal home wireless network. You will not be able to access the internet from any location, but there is usually a Panera/Starbucks or other shop near by that you can use.

Most cellphones now can access the internet. Each company has there own style for connecting, speeds, and fees, but this is the obvious choice if you would like to be able to access the internet from almost anywhere (depends on cell phone signal) If your phone has bluetooth, you can connect the phone to the computer via the bluetooth so you don't even have to plug it in.

I currently have a 802.11g linksys usb wireless adapter connected to my carpc. I do not have internet access on my cellphone and this still lets me copy file from my home network. Since I do not have a screen, I can't really browse the internet anyway so it is not a problem.

Part of the 10 Steps to Understanding Car Computers Series


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