NetBook / PDANet In-Car Setup

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by CocoaPuffs, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    I am debating if I should build a fiberglass case with Netbook in the center console for the sole purpose of in-car surfing.

    Any suggestion?
  2. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    might be a bit distracting and surelt u will onlt surf when stopped and then u will want it on ur lap..
  3. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    I have done some thing similar.
    Except I used desktop PC components (put in the trunk), installed a 7" touch screen in the dash (tried to make it as stock looking as possible), add some front end software to windows (to make it not look like windows, instead more userfriendly for driving and touch screen).
    I use it for:
    -Surfing internet (Using wifi, did not have my iPhone last year.. when the car comes out again in the summer I will use iPhone/3G :D )
    -Music, It replaces the cars stereo. So I play all the music through here and it comes out cars speakers.
    -Movies, DVDs
    -Engine management/Tuning

    Pretty awesome overall, and it only cost me around 500 or 600 to build (I had the computer parts from before).
    Overall A LOT cheaper than stand alone system made by pioneer or Alpine (or other car audio companies)... Also offers a lot more features than those 300 dollar GPS units (plus looks nicer when done right).

    Check out to learn more (go to their forums if you want to learn about building your own)
    It was probably the best thing I have done to my car.
  4. CocoaPuffs thread starter macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    Thanks VPrime, I am looking forward to doing something similar.
  5. tallmanirl macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2009
    I'd like something to attach a netbook to the car dash as well. I'll be using it primarily for GPS with a special mapping system not available on ordinary Sat Nav.

    However, I'll be changing the car soon, so don't want to damage the dash. Protection of the netbook when the car is moving vital for me. Also, want something detachable so there is no telltale sign of a netbook present when I'm not in the car. Anyone know of existing products? I emailed Acer to see if they have anything.

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