MikesTooLz wrote:Well, this will be the first year with my Wifi Car. So everyone in the line will have access to free wifi. Also if any of you want to see what the line is like here in Miami, Florida my car has webcam that will be pointed at the line. Viewers can also pan/tilt or zoom the camers from the webpage.
Mike, very cool concept. what set up do you use for this? what service provider, hardware, etc. ?
for service, I have 3G USB aircard from Verizon with unlimited upload/download per month. (warning
: Verizon no longer offers the unlimited data plan for air cards after a lawsuit, however if you already had the unlimited plan you still get unlimited data usage).
The setup, I have a 12volt Deep Cycle battery in the trunk of my car (inside a battery box). I connected a solar panel with a meeter to the battery, this way it charges durring the day but also wont get over charged. Then I have a 400watt power inverter that is connected to the battery. The power inverter powers my wireless router along with the webcam. The wireless router I have allows me to plug a laptop or USB card directly into it for internet and then shares the internet with anyone who connects to the wireless network. As for mounting the webcam, all I did was put the webcam on one of those cheap $5 mini tripods and then push the tripod down inbetween the crack of the two back seats. The camera was purchased at bestbuy for $199 (Panasonic - Wired Network Video Camera). Its a network camera so all you have to do is plug it into the router, no computer required. You cant get cheaper network cameras than this one but I got this one since it also does sound and allows the viewers to move the camera directly on the website.
It dosnt require much to setup and if you put it all together nicely it wont take up much space either. However getting one of the routers that allows aircards to be connected for internet may be a little hard to find, best bet would be to buy one online. Those type of routers cost more than ragular routers as well. The monthly bill im paying for the verizon wireless internet is around $60/month.
If you look at my site right now its probably showing a view of my back yard. I had to remove it from my car to free up space while I haul some supply's from storage for halloween.