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whitecotton

Member
Dec 31, 2015
155
17
Houston, Texas
What is the norm as far as reliability and speed on the web browser? I have 3G and have considered the upgrade, but slacker works great on the 3G leaving only the web browser to improve. I have found the web browser to be awesome for games and time killing while waiting in parking lots.
 

cottylowry

2013 Model S
Jan 20, 2015
59
2
Minneapolis, MN
I upgraded to lte or 4G or whatever the upgrade is about 2 months ago. A lot of the time I have more bars, but I'm not really certain the upgraded increased browser speed/loads. I"m not sure it's worth the $500.00
 

disillusioned

Member
Sep 22, 2015
120
121
Phoenix, AZ
I have 4G/LTE and the browser just sucks. Never owned a 3G, but knew this was the case going into it, so, meh. If you're happy with slacker and map tiles, then don't bother.
 

HankLloydRight

No Roads
Jan 18, 2014
12,951
10,971
Connecticut
Web browser is pretty much neutered. Only useable for basic sites/info/news, etc, as well as some tesla specific sites people have created. Playing games? Prob not a chance.
 

whitecotton

Member
Dec 31, 2015
155
17
Houston, Texas
The games I play are simple connect 4 and chess games, which the car handles quite well. I wouldn't dare try anything to advanced :)

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Thanks for your help! I think I'm going to stick to 3G until I win the lottery!
 
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CinRedMan

Member
Aug 28, 2017
111
71
Dayton, Ohio
Picked up my car on 9/20; so limited experience.
However, came across this post because I'm trying to determine if my car has issues. At this point, I concur that the browser is one of the worst experiences...ever. Speed difference in comparison to iPhone (both on LTE) is ridiculous. This causes slacker and InTune to be crappy too. I listen to PodCast and that experience, due to the connectivity, is extremely frustrating.

Likewise, the car's ability to get a decent WiFi signal at home is crazy bad too.

Over the next few days, I will be using dslreports site to capture some data for review.

Additionally, I'm going to contact Tesla Support for assistance...
 

HankLloydRight

No Roads
Jan 18, 2014
12,951
10,971
Connecticut
However, came across this post because I'm trying to determine if my car has issues.

Your car doesn't have issues. It's just the web browser that is bad across the fleet.

Just don't use it, and you'll be much happier. Use your phone instead.

There's a reason the browser was excluded from the Model 3.
 

CinRedMan

Member
Aug 28, 2017
111
71
Dayton, Ohio
Interesting findings which point to the issue being browser, not LTE

Screen shots of iPhone and Tesla.
 

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CinRedMan

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Aug 28, 2017
111
71
Dayton, Ohio
More interesting is the WiFi data transfer rate compared to iPhone 114 Mb/s vs anywhere from 1 to 11 Mb/s

Yet the browser is still slow with sites
 

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CinRedMan

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Aug 28, 2017
111
71
Dayton, Ohio
another interesting observation. Car locked in garage, locked, maintains a good signal. Currently sitting at 5 Mb/s

However, jump in car and the data rate immediately drops to 1 Mb/s or worse, drops WiFi connection.
 

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CinRedMan

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Aug 28, 2017
111
71
Dayton, Ohio
Apple Airport utility allows you to look at each connection. I then use Evernote's screen capture tool to grab a shot of the data.

This morning, I checked the connection and was surprised to see 24 Mb/sec.

Note: sorry if this information is all "Old News". As a new owner, I have been trying to balance my research (searching and reading) with creation of new threads.
 

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HankLloydRight

No Roads
Jan 18, 2014
12,951
10,971
Connecticut
No need to apologize, what I was really trying to say is that your car is fine.. well, nothing out of the ordinary to call Tesla about, other than to complain about it. They probably can't "fix" it.

Also, that 24mbps is just the current negotiated wi-fi data transfer rate.. it's not the true bandwidth one would experience inside the car when actually downloading data. Start up a nearby microwave oven and watch it drop to 1mbps. ;)

To get a realistic wi-fi throughput data date, watch the actual download speed when the car needs to download a firmware update.
 

Mr.D

Member
Mar 16, 2018
105
48
Norway
For those who have V9 and MCU1, can you comment on if the browser speed has improved between V8 and V9? Is there any difference or is it still useless?
 

pedriscoll

Active Member
May 30, 2015
370
209
Indianapolis, Indiana
I posted the first response to this in Jan 2016. I just replaced my 85D with a 2018 100D with the new MCU2. With the faster MCU, the browser is now usable. Still not great, but usable. I don’t have v9 yet, but I don’t think a software update will improve the browser function. I think the MCU1 is just inadequate for the browser. Let’s see what those with MCU1 and v9 have to say.
 

D.E.

Uncorked
Oct 12, 2016
729
945
Ann Arbor, MI
Picked up my car on 9/20; so limited experience.

Likewise, the car's ability to get a decent WiFi signal at home is crazy bad too.

I don’t know if this will help you. We moved to a different house which put the car at the end of the garage some distance from my router. I had a poor signal. I put in a “mesh” router system, it is a series of 3 router points that blankets the house well. Mine is a Linksys Velop. Anyway if it is a signal level problem at the car, the mesh type router system is a nice way to provide good strong full speed signal over a wide area.
 

SpudLime

Active Member
Jun 10, 2018
1,424
2,454
Leesburg, Va
I don’t know if this will help you. We moved to a different house which put the car at the end of the garage some distance from my router. I had a poor signal. I put in a “mesh” router system, it is a series of 3 router points that blankets the house well. Mine is a Linksys Velop. Anyway if it is a signal level problem at the car, the mesh type router system is a nice way to provide good strong full speed signal over a wide area.

I did the same but installed Google Wi-FI.
 

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