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Title: 2017 Chevrolet WiFi Hotspot -- How far from car is it usable?
Post by: judway on August 14, 2017, 04:44:17 PM
How far from the car is the onboard hotspot usable? If it is parked in the garage or driveway would it be usable in the house up to 100 feet?
Title: Re: 2017 Chevrolet WiFi Hotspot -- How far from car is it usable?
Post by: SeilerBird on August 14, 2017, 05:01:28 PM
That depends as much on the receiver as it does the transmitter. In other words it will vary from device to device.
Title: Re: 2017 Chevrolet WiFi Hotspot -- How far from car is it usable?
Post by: John From Detroit on August 14, 2017, 05:47:01 PM
Man does what I'm doing now support that... I am as far from the park's router as I can get in this part of the park and connected to it with a very strong (over 20DB over noise floor) Signal.. now that a SERIOUS connection.

OF course the laptops can not even detect the park router at this range.

Another variable is what the garage wall is made of.. Plaster.. Perhaps.. Steel. No way.

Best advice. Try it.

NOTE:  My Mobily turns off shortly after I kill the car.. If it did not I'd put it in here and use it. but alas.. It does.
Title: Re: 2017 Chevrolet WiFi Hotspot -- How far from car is it usable?
Post by: judway on August 14, 2017, 07:33:30 PM
Thanks!

I use the standard Dell laptop computer. When on the road I just have the motorhome wall. At the house I would have at least one concrete wall and a couple of standard inside walls. I do not have the service activated, just wondering if it might be worthwhile. I guess the other question is how do you keep the hotspot  on and off?

Title: Re: 2017 Chevrolet WiFi Hotspot -- How far from car is it usable?
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on August 15, 2017, 09:13:59 AM
x2 what the others said, but frankly I doubt if it has anywhere near the range you are asking. it's intended primarily to cover the car interior.  And from what I understand, it's only active when the ignition is on (or Accessory). You restrict access to it via password.

This Q&A from Onstar/Chevy may answer some questions.
https://my.chevrolet.com/learn/wifi (https://my.chevrolet.com/learn/wifi)
Title: Re: 2017 Chevrolet WiFi Hotspot -- How far from car is it usable?
Post by: judway on August 15, 2017, 09:27:15 AM
Thanks Gary and all. I expected what you said, but was hoping. Guess I will have to do what I am doing.