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Topic # 94918 21-Dec-2011 23:56
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I am interested to know what would be required to install WIFI in a small compact car?

Ideally it would have a range which would cover a small market.

As far as I know it would have to use a 3G data network but maybe you have some other ideas?

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  Reply # 560527 22-Dec-2011 01:36
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You don't want to use a mifi device?

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  Reply # 560546 22-Dec-2011 08:03
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Note "mifi" device in this context is any of those portable WiFi/3G routers offered by all mobile operators - not specifically one brand.


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  Reply # 560668 22-Dec-2011 12:41
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Mifi would be the easiest option, and possibly the cheapest. I would reccomend looking into them to see what's avalible.

You could also use a smartphone phone but I doubt the range would be enough to cover a market.  

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  Reply # 560671 22-Dec-2011 12:53
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It's hard to know what to recommend without a bit more detailed requirements..

Is it to advertise as 'free wi-fi' for people using the market, or for traders to use eftpos? - if you use the mi-fi / smartphone as a portable hotspot have a limit on the number of simultaneous connections

You could possibly connect a normal household modem router which has 3g capability ? - something like the vodafone hg556a, using a DC to AC converter to plug it into from the cigarette lighter. Then buy a usb datastick from telecom/vodafone/2degrees.

Anthing else and I imagine the costs would start mounting up quite quickly.

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  Reply # 561020 23-Dec-2011 16:54
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Thanks guys, I wasn't very familiar with what was available.

Both the MIFI and Jonb's idea sound good.

What sort of range would that MIFI device have compared to Jonb's idea of using the normal household router and data stick?

In terms of setting up the hotspot, would it need a specific backend system to limit how much data people use/offer them an option to buy credit?

Yes I would also be keen to use the system for EFTPOS - what would be required to do this as well?

Thanks very much for your advice!


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  Reply # 561035 23-Dec-2011 18:47
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How many simultaneous connections are you thinking of?

Many of the MiFi things have a maximum.

Most of them would not handle the many additional demands of a commercial service.

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  Reply # 561037 23-Dec-2011 19:03
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Good point gzt, I get the feeling that MIFI might not be able to facilitate EFTPOS and a small amount of browsing for customers.

What are your thoughts?

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  Reply # 561065 23-Dec-2011 21:14
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The Mi-fi type devices are very good but the 5-10 user limit may be an issue for you.

By using an inverter you could power something like this with a 3G stick, I run a similar device with a HSPA+ device and get speeds of 10mbps+ with no limits on wifi users.

Just a question with your eftpos - I thought most providers required a static-ip for ethernet/wifi eftpos?

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