Benefit of wifi?

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Hey guys,

I'm a new Model 3 owner (day 3 now), and have yet to connect my car to my home wifi. I'm unsure of the signal strength I would get in my garage (it's on the opposite side of the house from the router), and I know that it's poor in the driveway. I could fix this with different network gear, but I don't really want to mess with the network if I don't need to.

So I'm wondering, is there any benefit to connecting my car to wifi? I ordered before July 1st, so I should in theory be grandfathered in to free premium connectivity. Does wifi do anything above and beyond that?

Thanks!
 

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Hey guys,

I'm a new Model 3 owner (day 3 now), and have yet to connect my car to my home wifi. I'm unsure of the signal strength I would get in my garage (it's on the opposite side of the house from the router), and I know that it's poor in the driveway. I could fix this with different network gear, but I don't really want to mess with the network if I don't need to.

So I'm wondering, is there any benefit to connecting my car to wifi? I ordered before July 1st, so I should in theory be grandfathered in to free premium connectivity. Does wifi do anything above and beyond that?

Thanks!
In my case my garage has poor cell coverage but is well within range of my WiFi network.

We don’t know about the future — maybe updates are prioritized to WiFi, maybe very big updates only go over WiFi. It all remains to be seen...
 

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Seeing that no one could do it until a few weeks ago, it probably isn't a big deal yet. But you may want to sure that you have 4G while it is in the garage.
That's how your updates will come.
 

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Some of the software packages are probably going to be pretty big. Certainly the August update will be. I think that is why they have enabled this prior to then.

Also, if you use WIFI, it's not using the LTE connection that currently Tesla is paying for. I don't know if they are on a T&M basis or unlimited basis per car (they probably choose one for the whole company) but there is probably some marginal cost over time. Otherwise they probably wouldn't be nickel and diming new users are 1 year.

So, if on home WIFI, any update would download much more quickly and without any cost to Tesla (they already had WIFI enabled for service centers and mobile rangers) so why not just have the customer enable it at home.

I think it will also allow more direct integration with home automation systems (Alexa, Apple Home, Google, etc.) so one can easily say to Alexa "pre-cool my car or setup navigation to work", etc.

Also, the connection and integration will probably lower the impact of phantom drain on the car since it wouldn't have to make the LTE connection (which requires more power than WIFI) or it will probably enable the car to activate services in the house.

Imagine: Drive home, enter garage, recognize the WIFI bubble (which is much more geographically accurate than LTE and or GPS) and automatically unlock your August garage entry door, turn on the lights (via IFTT) or some other at location triggered events.

WIFI really serves to enable this much more than the LTE connection and GPS geolocation.
 

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Yea I agree since getting wifi I use my car about the same times everyday I have noticed much less battery loss half in fact sometimes it has the same range that I parked it with the day before. My mobile tech told me that the wifi connected cars ttha they get priority over the cellular connected cars this is also the case with the s/x so I'm not surprised by this at all. Welcome to the car that you will never buy anything different again .
 

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My house has zero AT&T reception so wifi would actually allow me to connect to my car via the app and receive updates while at home.
 
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Ya’ll convinced me. I connected to WiFi, and the signal wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. Still not that good, but workable. And since I did that, I noticed the car responds to the app much faster than it used to. That alone is worth connecting to WiFi for me.
 

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Glad the WiFi is working better than you thought. However, for anyone that needs better coverage or a home WiFi update I have been very happy with Orbi. I upgraded back in the spring because I had very poor coverage in the back yard by the pool and close to the garage. I knew I would need it for the car (and the recently replaced garage door opener.) it’s made a huge difference in my connectivity through the whole house.

Now I’m just waiting on 24.7, time to go sit out in front of the service center.
 

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Glad the WiFi is working better than you thought. However, for anyone that needs better coverage or a home WiFi update I have been very happy with Orbi. I upgraded back in the spring because I had very poor coverage in the back yard by the pool and close to the garage. I knew I would need it for the car (and the recently replaced garage door opener.) it’s made a huge difference in my connectivity through the whole house.

Now I’m just waiting on 24.7, time to go sit out in front of the service center.
Google WiFi also works great. Very easy to setup and very solid.
 
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This might not be that important for folks but I learned that if my car is connected to my wifi and I go into the Summon feature, I can open and close the garage door via the app. So if i was super lazy and didn't want to open the door for visitors, I could do from the comfort of my bed.
 

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This might not be that important for folks but I learned that if my car is connected to my wifi and I go into the Summon feature, I can open and close the garage door via the app. So if i was super lazy and didn't want to open the door for visitors, I could do from the comfort of my bed.
Or... just take one of the remotes from the garage door opener into your bedroom. ;)
 

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I have been very happy with the Google Mesh setup and we have excellent coverage throughout our house as well as the front yard and backyard!
I tried Google Mesh and didn't like the functionality personally.

I would highly recommend the
AmpliFi HD AC1750 Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi System
by Ubiquity.
 

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Hey guys,

I'm a new Model 3 owner (day 3 now), and have yet to connect my car to my home wifi. I'm unsure of the signal strength I would get in my garage (it's on the opposite side of the house from the router), and I know that it's poor in the driveway. I could fix this with different network gear, but I don't really want to mess with the network if I don't need to.

So I'm wondering, is there any benefit to connecting my car to wifi? I ordered before July 1st, so I should in theory be grandfathered in to free premium connectivity. Does wifi do anything above and beyond that?

Thanks!
Hey Ryan, no need to "mess with the network". There are WiFi Range extenders that barely need setup and just occupy a single outlet. WiFi is the way to go!
 

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I have a Ubiquiti Wifi access point about 10 feet above where the car will be parked (when i get it). So tis good to know that Wifi is available in current software (becuase cell service *isnt* available within miles of my house - which is the one in my profile pic...)
 
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If you have wifi you get updates quicker. I believe mothership will wait two weeks before it sends the update via LTE.

Being obsessive-compulsive about updates, I usually drop by my local Service Center to SuperCharge after I get notification from TeslaFi of a new version. Before my charge is done the new software update notification appears on my 3.
 

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If you have wifi you get updates quicker. I believe mothership will wait two weeks before it sends the update via LTE.

Being obsessive-compulsive about updates, I usually drop by my local Service Center to SuperCharge after I get notification from TeslaFi of a new version. Before my charge is done the new software update notification appears on my 3.
Since I’ve seen numerous people mention this, it’s time I ask...

1) Are we absolutely certain connected to Tesla WiFi somehow magically pushes updates?

2) Tesla WiFi is unsecured?