I am currently converting a van into a camper. I think the AutoPi will be an awesome addition to my conversion! Altough I have some questions regarding the best set-up.
Ideally I would put the device inside a cabinet where all the other controls and switches are located (heating, solar, water supply, modem etc). As I’m still building I can extend a OBD cable to reach the cabinet. However I believe this location will not be ideal for GPS signals. Therefore I would like to connect an external GPS device on top of the roof. For 4G it will be less of a problem I believe, as its position is less important for signal. There is an 4G antenna on the roof and a router inside the van. Furthermore I would like to connect 1 (or more) cameras to the AutoPi that can be accessed from the internet to check the inside of the van while I’m gone. The AutoPi dashboard will be accessed via the internet on a tablet.
- Which AutoPi device will be the best choice for this set-up? I believe the developer kit will give me the most freedom in extending the functionalities.
- Does the developer kit also powers via the OBD cable? Or does it need a 12v power supply (even with the car running)?
- When using the developer kit on 12v power supply and the OBD connected, does it also monitor battery power? E.g.; could I leave the AutoPi running on 12 volt when not in the van?
- Is it possible to connect an external GPS, and will the AutoPI software recognize the external GPS?
- Will 4G connection be a problem if the device is in a cabinet? When my router is running it can connect to the Wifi network, but this will not always be the case.
- Does the 4G modem model switch between Wifi when available and 4G?
- Is it possible to connect a camera and access that via the internet on the AutoPi OS?
I really love the customization that AutoPi offers! I am a Python programmer so really looking forward developing some cool applications with the AutoPi