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paying for yearly cars internet

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by BobAbooey, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. BobAbooey

    BobAbooey Member

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    Has anyone paid for the yearly internet that our cars use? Did you get a bill reminding to send payment?
     
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  3. Black306

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    Is it possible to use a phone’s hotspot?
     
  4. Galve2000

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    it is possible, but -- in it's current form at least -- kind of buggy.

    once upon a time you could easily weather your tesla to your hotspot but some hackers were able to gain control of a car thru the wifi connection so Tesla placed some limits on this. the rest of the board members can tell you a bit more about this b/c i'm fuzzy on the details.

    generally what happens today is that if you are in park and tethered the connection will break a few seconds after you drive away. it is still possible to tether long distance but requires a bit of patience and is hit-or-miss. in my experience, if you continue to download data through the tethered connection without too much of a break, said connection will be maintained. on Columbus day I stayed tethered for around an hour and a half driving home from my summer home and I downloaded a software update in the process. so I can confirm it is possible.

    unfortunately, downloading slacker songs does not pull enough data to maintain a connection long term. i'm not sure if Spotify is more data intensive but will be running tests over the next few weeks to see.

    it's buggy and my not be a workable solution for many.. but it can work.
     
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  5. TiggerTime

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    Yes, you can hotspot your phone and connect your Tesla to it. I had the unfortunate lose of internet due to a cut cable by road crew the same day I got V10 update notice. I had to hotspot my phone and did the software download that way. worked without issue.

    As for hackers able to access your hotspot via WiFi just put a password on it like any other WiFi setup.
     
  6. TiggerTime

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    They currently have not started charging for internet connection.
     
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    The concern was the car auto joining malicious networks with names likely to be saved like “Tesla Guest”
     
  8. BobAbooey

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    cool i was thinking of using my phones hotspot when and if Tesla makes only watching youtube/netflix via wifi connection.
     

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