Broadband in Your Car
By Brendan Moore
This comes under the heading of really cool stuff for your car.
There is a company called Autonet Mobile that has developed an in-car broadband router that provides a Wi-Fi connection in your car. The company runs its own wireless network and provides high-speed access ranges from 600Kbps-800Kbps, with upload speeds of about 200Kbps.
The Autonet Wi-Fi connection is secured with WEP encryption, MAC address restriction or WAN port restriction. For corporate users, you will be pleased to know that it also supports VPN pass-through. Any Wi-Fi enabled device will work with Autonet Mobile including: desktops, laptops, PDAs, servers, PSPs, Wi-Fi phones, etc. and here’s the best part: You don’t have to load special software on your device to use it with the Autonet router and you don’t need to install an external antenna, either. You just turn your laptop on, let it recognize the wireless router, and go to it. Those are very big pluses.
They call this their patented Trusted Reliable User (TRU) technology and according to their website and Automotive News, Autonet Mobile will be showing the device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, courtesy of some exhibit space provided to them by Delphi Corp.
If you are a person that does a lot business out of your car, say, like a salesman or a building contractor, it sure would be nice to be able to use a VOIP phone to make those customer calls and be looking up prices on the Internet at the same time. Or, if you’re a family-hauler kind of parent, you could have the children amuse themselves with IM, e-mails, video downloads, etc, on a long trip.
Autonet says speed of the vehicle doesn’t matter for their service.
They also will not disclose pricing at this point, except to say that it will be cheaper than a dealer-installed or OEM DVD system, but the industry chatter so far says it will come in at $399.00.
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