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Sentry Mode

omf24

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Oct 28, 2020
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I am new to using sentry mode. Just upgraded to autopilot 3.0 and I have sentry mode, I bought a Samsung FIT Plus 256 GB drive for it. Three questions:

1. I can see the recording button as I drive. I assume this is like a dashcam recording, is that correct?

2. Is there any way I can turn sentry mode on automatically every time I leave the car? About how much range will I lose by running sentry mode all day/night?

3. Can I view footage without plugging the USB into my computer? i.e., can I view footage within the car on the screen

Thanks!
 

DerbyDave

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Jul 2, 2020
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It is in the manual, but:
1) yes, that is dashcam always recording the last 60 minutes, and then rewriting over the old every 60 minutes.
2) press the security tab and configure sentry. You can have it protect everytime you leave, or exclude home, favorites, work, etc. Power use is like 2 - 5 miles a day, but I am not certain on that.
3) press the dashcam icon whole stopped, and you can then review all recordings.
 

omf24

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Oct 28, 2020
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I'm on version 10.3, is this a different version? I checked the manual and I do not see what you mention for my 3rd question. Regardless, I went to the car, the car is parked in my driveway - I pressed the dashcam icon and it says it's saving the last 10 minutes. Nothing to view my recordings. Any ideas? I pulled the SD card, and the recordings are there when I use my computer. Thanks
 

DerbyDave

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Jul 2, 2020
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If your car is on 2020.10.3, you are really out of date and need to update your car software. Pressing the dashcam Icon should provide you with options. The Sentry icon is actually a "sun" shaped icon next to the dashcam icon, but the viewer is accessed by pressing the dashcam icon. Try updating your software.
 

DerbyDave

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Jul 2, 2020
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First, you must connect your car to a WiFi network, otherwise your updates may not work well, as they are very large. Press Software on the main screen menu, and the Check For Updates. Updates are released about every 10 days.

From Car Owner's Manual:

Wi-Fi is available as a data connection method and is often faster than cellular data networks.
Connecting to Wi-Fi is especially useful in areas with limited or no cellular connectivity.
To ensure fast, reliable delivery of software and map updates, Tesla recommends leaving your
vehicle connected to a Wi-Fi network whenever possible (for example, if parked in your garage
overnight).
To connect to a Wi-Fi network:
1. Touch the cellular icon (usually LTE or 3G) on the top corner of your touchscreen. Model S
will start scanning and display the detected Wi-Fi networks that are within range.
2. Select the Wi-Fi network you want to use, enter the password (if necessary), then touch
Confirm.
3. Your vehicle connects to the Wi-Fi network and will automatically connect to it whenever the
network is within range.
You can also connect to a hidden network that isn't shown on the list of scanned networks.
Just touch Wi-Fi Settings, enter the name of the network in the resulting dialog box, select the
security setting, then touch Add Network.
Note: If more than one previously connected network is within range, Model S connects to the one
most recently used.
Note: You can also use a mobile hotspot or your phone's Internet connection via Wi-Fi tethering
(subject to fees and restrictions of your mobile carrier).
Note: At Tesla Service Centers, Model S automatically connects to the Tesla Service Wi-Fi network.

Loading New Software
Tesla updates your vehicle's software wirelessly, constantly providing new features. Tesla
recommends you install software updates as soon as they are available on your vehicle. To ensure
the fastest and most reliable delivery of software updates, leave Wi-Fi turned on and connected
whenever possible. In most cases, your vehicle must be connected to Wi-Fi to start an update (see
Connecting to Wi-Fi on page 156).
Note: On an as-needed basis, Tesla also sends software updates using a cellular connection.
Note: Software updates are not performed when Smart Preconditioning, Keep Climate On, Dog Mode, or
Camp Mode is active.
A Warning: Do not attempt to use the vehicle while the software is being updated. Vehicle
functions, including some safety systems, may be limited or disabled when a software update is in
progress and you could damage the vehicle.
When a software update is available, a yellow clock icon appears at the top of the touchscreen.
There are three ways you can install software updates:
• Touch the yellow clock icon to display the scheduling window, which prompts you to select a
time to install the update (SET FOR THIS TIME) or install it now (INSTALL NOW). Once scheduled, the
yellow clock icon changes to a white clock icon until the update begins. At any time before the
update begins, you can touch this clock icon to reschedule the update.
• Go to Controls > Software to determine if an update is available for your vehicle. If
available, touch Software Update Available to navigate to the scheduling window, as mentioned
above.
• Start updates using the Tesla mobile app.
Note: Some software updates can take up to three hours to complete. Model S must be in Park while
the software is being updated. To ensure the fastest and most reliable delivery of software
updates, leave the Wi-Fi turned on and connected whenever possible (see Connecting to Wi-Fi on
page 156).

T he yellow clock icon becomes a green download icon when a software update is downloading. If a
yellow download icon displays, a software update is available but your vehicle is not connected to
Wi-Fi.
Connect your vehicle to Wi-Fi to start the download.

Software Update Preferences
You can choose how quickly and often you receive software updates. To change your preference,
navigate to Controls > Software > Software Update Preferences and choose either of these options:
• STANDARD: Receive software updates using the normal rollout timeframe for your region and
vehicle configuration. When a software release is made available it has generally been running on
other customer vehicles for a period of time.
• ADVANCED: Receive the latest software updates for your region and vehicle configuration as
soon as they are available. Tesla determines how, when, and where to send updates to vehicles based
on various factors unique to each release. Keep in mind that although you receive updates as soon
as they are available for your specific vehicle, you may not be in the first Tesla group of Tesla
owners to receive the update. Choosing Advanced does not enroll your vehicle in Tesla's early
access program.
Note: Tesla does not update software upon request for those wanting to receive the latest features
and improvements. Selecting ADVANCED and consistently connecting to
Wi-Fi (see Connecting to Wi-Fi on page 156) is the best way to receive the latest software updates.
Note: The software update window persists until you install the update. You must install a software
update as soon it becomes available. Any harm resulting from failure to install a software update
is not covered by the vehicle's warranty. Failure or refusal to install updates can cause some
vehicle features to become inaccessible, digital media devices to become incompatible, and can
limit Tesla's ability to diagnose and service your vehicle.
Note: Reverting to a previous software version is not possible.
If the touchscreen displays a message indicating that a software update was not
completed, contact Tesla.
 

jeffbco

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Jun 7, 2020
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Answer to your question 3 is in the manual:
  1. You can also review Dashcam and Sentry Mode video recordings on your vehicle's touchscreen by touching the Dashcam icon and selecting "Launch Viewer".
 

Need

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Nov 22, 2017
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OP, did you get your MCU 1 upgrade to MCU 2? Since you said you are new to Sentry Mode, it means you were on AP 2.0 or older which means you have MCU 1. MCU 1 cannot see the Dashcam Viewer even with AP 3.0. That's why you have the older software. You will have to pay $2500 + tax to get it upgrade to MCU 2.
 
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omf24

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Oct 28, 2020
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OP, did you get your MCU 1 upgrade to MCU 2? Since you said you are new to Sentry Mode, it means you were on AP 2.0 or older which means you have MCU 1. MCU 1 cannot see the Dashcam Viewer even with AP 3.0. That's why you have the older software. You will have to pay $2500 + tax to get it upgrade to MCU 2.

Maybe it's this then....I have a 2016 P100D that I bought a couple weeks ago. It came with AP 2.0 and then the service center upgraded me to AP 3.0. I'll have to look and see what the other differences are between MCU 1 and MCU 2 to see if it's worth the $2500 charge.
 
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Need

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Maybe it's this then....I have a 2016 P100D that I bought a couple weeks ago. It came with AP 2.0 and then the service center upgraded me to AP 3.0. I'll have to look and see what the other differences are between MCU 1 and MCU 2 to see if it's worth the $2500 charge.

Since you only have the car for a couple of week, you may not have enough data to compare. Some people said after their MCU 1 car upgraded to AP 3.0 (HW 3.0), everything on the screen is slower than before. There is probably a list somewhere, but off the top of my head the differences between MCU 1 and 2 are

MCU 2 over 1
Faster routing on Nav
Faster map loading
Voice commands more accurate
Careoke
Netflix/Hulu (Tesla Theater)
Some extra games
Dashcam/Sentry Viewer
Backup Cam with Side cameras

MCU 1 over 2
AM/FM radio I think? But you can now pay extra $500 to get FM back...
 

omf24

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Oct 28, 2020
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NY
Thank you for this list! Only thing that interests me really is the backup cam with side cameras, also the dashcam/sentry viewer is a nice one.
 

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