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Best location for wireless router near Model X?

UncaNed

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Despite what should be a strong WiFi signal, my X won't upload the latest maps. Is there a sweet spot where I should place my wireless router in the garage with my Model X for best results? There must be one optimum place, be it in the car, in front, behind, or something. Anyone know?

The Tesla barely shows a weak signal when the router is in the adjacent room, even while my laptop connects perfectly as I circle around the car rapidly loading YouTube videos via the same WiFi.
 
As I recall, the WiFi antenna is in the dash for the S & X (the dash end pieces... One side has the cell antenna & the other is WiFi, right?), so reception isn't going to be great in the first place. That said, I haven't had any issues with WiFi signal in the garages since switching to a single Ubiquity UniFi AC Long Range access point in the center of the house--the whole 1/2 acre property is covered now.
 
The Tesla barely shows a weak signal when the router is in the adjacent room, even while my laptop connects perfectly as I circle around the car rapidly loading YouTube videos via the same WiFi.
Not sure what you mean by this. Are you saying in the car you only have 1 BAR for WiFi? If so, and the router is in the next room I would say you have a problem with the Router. My router is like in the next room as well and I get almost full strength.

I did not have a problem before (when using multiple Apple Airport Extremes) but I also just recently changed routers to use Google Wifi mainly because I wanted the statistics (per client) and a MESH Wifi.
 

bmah

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Are you using 5GHz? 5GHz moves a lot of data but has less penetration through walls. If your router also does 2.4 Ghz switch to that and see if it helps.

MCU1 cars (X/S builds before about March 2018) only did 2.4GHz. MCU2 can do both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

Also this thread might have some useful tidbits:

Wifi Router chatter

Bruce.
 

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