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Optionally leave WiFI on when driving

Optionally leave WiFI on when driving

All,

I notice that in a Model S the Wifi is turned off (or at least, disconnected) when the car is in Drive.

Why is this?

Some have mentioned that this could be because the car is assumed to be (about to) be moving and assumed that the WiFi is a static location.

This assumes all sorts of things about how the WiFi network is provided (all sorts of details the car cannot know). The assumptions made are also quickly going "out of date" in terms of how TCP is provided. The growing number of mobile HotSpot options for WiFi being just one such change.

Also: this assumption means that I cannot use features of the car if the Tesla-provided (via 3rd party) networking goes down (as it did in the UK very recently).

For me personally: I get way better data networking on my hostpot for the areas in which my car is most of the time then the lcoal GSM on the car does.

Also: if/when the hardware in the car for GSM fails or needs to be replaced ***or becomes obsolete*** will I be required to replace/upgrade the hardware in my car in order to return it to proper function (eg: mapping, some security features, GSM-based suspension settings and much more).

Could we have an option to just leave the WiFI *on* when driving?

tjfrewin | 6 februari 2019

Car OS 2018.50.6 - but true for most current FW.

jordanrichard | 6 februari 2019

Ok, perhaps this is just a UK thing, but here in the states, my Wi-Fi stays on until the signal is lost. I am thinking specifically when I leave my house. Once I get to a certain point, the Wi-Fi drops and 3G (2014 S85) kicks in.

EVRider | 6 februari 2019

@jordanrichard: That might be because you have an older car. My previous 2016 S85 and our newer cars disconnect from WiFi as soon as you shift out of park. I agree with the OP that it would be useful to keep WiFi on to use with a mobile hotspot.

tjfrewin | 6 februari 2019

It is a Sept 2018 (UK, RHD) car. So not a hardware "age" thing in a vehicle only slightly more than 1 year old.

stevenmaifert | 6 februari 2019

@EVRider - Can you turn the WiFi back on manually in case you want to use your phone's cell connection as a hot spot instead of Tesla's data connection?

EVRider | 6 februari 2019

@stevenmaifert: Only if the car is in park. As soon as I shift into gear, even at home, it switches to LTE and touching the LTE icon doesn't do anything so I can't select a WiFi network. I tried this in my garage just now. So, no hotspots while you're moving.

@tjfrewin: Regarding the age of the car, I was suggesting that Tesla might have made hardware changes that prevent WiFi from working when the car is in gear; I know that jordanrichard has a pre-AP1 car. He's also running the same firmware we are (more or less), so I assume it's not a software change.

jerrykham | 6 februari 2019

Agreed; I can sit in the garage and it is on Wi-Fi. I shift into reverse it immediately drops it and hunts for LTE. It may or may not find it as I am on the fringe of ATT coverage. I back out of the garage and put it in park and it connects back up to Wi-Fi.

DanFoster1 | 6 februari 2019

Yeah I found this out the hard way when the 3G signal on which my 2015 85D relies for mapping went dead for a day. My phone still had LTE signal so I enabled my phone as a hotspot. Took me a while to realize what was happening. I support an option to allow WiFi while driving for this specific reason, and the reasons mentioned by others.

DanFoster1 | 6 februari 2019

Yeah I found this out the hard way when the 3G signal on which my 2015 85D relies for mapping went dead for a day. My phone still had LTE signal so I enabled my phone as a hotspot. Took me a while to realize what was happening. I support an option to allow WiFi while driving for this specific reason, and the reasons mentioned by others.

john.carter | 5 januari 2020

I hate dredging up an 11-month old thread, but wanted to add a "Me too!" requesting that Tesla add (or expose) this capability. With the end of free premium cell service, I expect there are a lot of people like myself who want to just switch to using our tethered smartphone's mobile hotspot. Currently I have to re-enable it every time after I start driving, which is (a) annoying and (b) a safety issue (since I need to be fooling around with the screen when I should be driving)! Please, Tesla, expose this feature!

jason | 12 januari 2020

@john.carter, same here. I want to bring my hotspot with me and this incredibly annoying “feature” makes me manually switch to WiFi every time I am in drive. I hope Tesla releases an optional configuration for this soon although they are probably making enough money off the premium connectivity feature that fixing this annoyance would not be inline with their goals as a company.

rel | 13 januari 2020

Me too, please turn on wifi... does Telsa rather me constantly look down at my phone to use my Spotify account?

EVRider | 13 januari 2020

If it’s really that annoying, pay for Premium Connectivity. Is $10 a month that big a deal? You’re probably paying a lot for your cellular service if you have unlimited data, which you need if you’re going to use your phone as a hotspot.

I’m not saying Tesla shouldn’t make it easier to use WiFi while driving, but until they do there’s an easy and inexpensive solution.

victor.romero | 8 maart 2020

EVRider you are assuming Premium Connectivity is available in every region, which is not.

Up to recently this gave the perception of just an oversigh now that PC is being rolled out, the perception it gives is a bit different and fairly more negative.

Not saying that the is any actual ill will here, but as they say: Caesar’s Wife Must Be Above Suspicion

EVRider | 8 maart 2020

@victor: Where is Premium Connectivity unavailable? The Connectivity support page (https://www.tesla.com/support/connectivity) doesn’t mention regions.

EYIU | 8 maart 2020

I am waiting for my Model Y, I was told that we will receive one year of free PC, and then it will be $10/month for the cellular connectivity charge. Not a bad deal actually and I don't expect any car manufacturer to pay my cellular bill.

EVRider | 9 maart 2020

@EYIU: You get cellular connectivity even without Premium. Premium gives you additional services and the ability to stream music and video without WiFi.

rob | 12 maart 2020

I've been told by Tesla that we are all using our WIFI incorrectly as it shoudn't be used while driving. it frankly worries me a bit when a company is that hard up to try to get an extra 10 dollars plus tax a month from its customers.

EVRider | 12 maart 2020

@rob: Who at Tesla (which department) told you this?