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    How do i get the internet in my car?

    Does anyone know how i can get laptop based internet in my car?

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    Buy a wireless connection and sit on your drive lol... Only kidding mate, there are quite a few members who have PC's in there cars now, have a look in the electrical or interior/ice sections mate.
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    either bluetooth to your mobile phone and use GPRS/UMTS to connect, would require a GPRS (2g) or UMTS (3g) phone with pc data support, and a network/contract that would allow that. or use a PCCARD umts/gprs card that would allow the same connection but wouldn't require a voice contract. most of the main networks sell these cards a UMTS connection is much faster.
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    lol, good one.

    Is it expensive to bluetooth to your phone ie line rental costs and minute rates?

    I mainly wanted it so i can do a bit of online gaming (HL2) on my lunch break, would i be able to gain enough mbps to run the game without lagg through this kind of set up?

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    The issue with using FPS games over a UMTS/GPRS connection isn't that of mpbs , it's the Latency. over most GPRS connections you are looking at ping times of around 1300ms (1.3 seconds) so they are crap for interactive use like gaming.

    If you have a wlan hotspot near your work you could buy a hotspot account and use a wifi card/built in wifi to connect, as the latency would be much lower.

    both GPRS and UMTS charge by the ammount of data transfered, and tend to be in the order of £1-2 per MB unless you get a higher data bundle, I've see 1000MB for ~ £40/month. Latency is going to be your killer though.
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    what Simon is saying is that you can use a bluetooth connection from PC to mobile phone and use the mobile phone as a modem. That way does cost a little more than a data card.

    Using a data card or mobile to connect to the net isn't very quick compared to a propper broadband connection.

    http://www.cellular-news.com/3G/expected_speeds.php
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    thats some seriously high latency, when i play on my desktop it averages around 30 - 40. Most of the servers i play on have ping limits of 200 - 300 so thats definately not an option.

    Seems like theres an area of technology thats lagging behind the rest. Id have thought that this kind of set up would have already been developed to allow this kind of pc usage.

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    Tell me about it Danny, I use GPRS or UMTS data to use something called SSH to work on servers when I'm stuck for any other connection, using an interactive terminal with ~ 1sec latency is dire.
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    Vodophone do a wireless data modem for laptops that takes sim cards but i havent seen one for a while and have never seen anyone else do one.
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    Forget playing games in the car - the uk is way behind the rest of the world in terms of mobile internet speeds. If you are laptop based though - go to McDonalds or something and hook up to their wireless.

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