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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Dual use 3G Modem on: January 20, 2013, 10:52:41 am
The issue here is power usage; even when idle, the board I'm using consumes quite a few watts, and as this is going to be using the car's battery it'll end up draining it a lot quicker than say, a fully powered Arduino.
2  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Dual use 3G Modem on: January 20, 2013, 10:05:35 am
Hey guys,
I'm planning to create a carputer system, and part of this would include an Arduino for remotely turning on the computer/car via SMS.
Another feature I would like to include is internet on the go, hence I will be using a USB 3G modem with the carputer. In an ideal world, I would be able to connect the Arduino to the serial lines of such a modem and listen in for any text messages, and also be able to surf the net using the USB connection to the computer, but having searched around, the only options I seem to have are:
1) Using a 3G modem for the computer as well as a separate GSM module for the Arduino (therefore requiring two numbers/modules/SIMs, not ideal).
2) Using a basic GSM/GPRS modem with a USB-Serial converter, and tapping into the serial lines with the Arduino while the computer isn't using them (not ideal due to GPRS speeds).

Does anyone know of a 3G modem that has both a USB and serial interface, or does such a product not exist?

Thanks
Simon
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