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CES 2009: Autonet takes WiFi hotspots to the place you are via a 3G cellular uplink

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CES 2009: Autonet takes WiFi hotspots to the place you are via a 3G cellular uplink

Las Vegas (NV) – One company showing off some interesting wireless technology at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is Autonet Mobile. Their idea, already in use, is to turn one’s automobile into a mobile wireless Internet hotspot.

Autonet Mobile’s main product is a router roughly the size of a small notebook and weighing less than a pound. This device, powered when the car is turned on, creates a wireless Internet environment through which car passengers can connect their WiFi-enabled laptops, handhelds and video game consoles – getting at Internet content such as videos, Web games and Web sites.

The service, which costs around $500 for the router and $30 in monthly service charges, runs over integrated 3G and 2.5G (EVDO, 1xRTT) cellular networks. A special technology Autonet Mobile developed offers dynamic session management, attempting to keep users connected to the Internet as they move through different cellular zones in the car. Internet speed access ranges are said to be from 300-800 Kbps/second.

The Autonet Mobile service is currently available at over 3,700 Mopar dealerships, for installation into Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. It can also be found in select other dealerships around the country as well as some retail outlets in southern California.