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JPopNC 01-28-2013 11:32 AM

Focus as a Hot Spot
On the Ti with MFT there's an option to enable the car as a Hot Spot. My question is, what's the point in this? If the car is having to piggy back off the phone (which has to be setup as a hot spot itself), what benefit does the feature on the car do?

Has anyone tried this and is there some big advantage in using this feature?

(just curious)

moocows42 01-28-2013 11:45 AM

I think it's more for the USB dongles. You just plug the dongle into one of the USB ports in the console and then it sends it over the car's wifi so that all passengers can get on wifi.

jdetzel 01-28-2013 12:12 PM

I thought the same thing, they could just connect to my phone. Wondered why they went to the trouble.
At first I thought it would let the car connect to the internet to like down load an MP3 or access my cloud drive. It would be cool if there was a browser built in to MFT so you could actually do something.

misfire 01-28-2013 12:20 PM

I remember when I worked for VW back in 08, their cars were just getting this technology. You could pay a monthly fee and have your car be a wifi hotspot. I don't know if Ford is.

nseah 01-28-2013 12:20 PM

The only thing I find it useful for is to connect devices together. Say for example I have 2 kids in the back they can connect ipads via the cars hotspot and play fruit ninja together.

Other then that I haven't found a practical use for it.

jdetzel 01-28-2013 12:27 PM

I guess if your phone will not work as a hotspot it would be useful to tether the phone to the car and then use the car as the hotspot.

gsxrboy 01-28-2013 12:33 PM

Its used specifically for the USB adapters that provide internet access. Used mostly by real estate agents as an example.

moocows42 01-28-2013 02:15 PM

I remember seeing this when I was trying to figure out why you could connect your car to a wireless access point. On page 11 of This

It says this:

" WiFi signal receiver for in-car Internet access and available
built-in web browser for use when vehicle is in Park.
Internet connectivity via USB broadband modem turning
vehicle into mobile hot spot for passengers while vehicle is in
Available RSS reader with feeds programmed by driver,
updated during WiFi connection and read aloud by text-tovoice

Billp1 01-28-2013 02:57 PM

I don't have a phone that provides internet. I have a Virgin air wi fi pay as you go receiver. When we go on a trip I buy minutes to use as needed. With the hot spot my wife and I can use our lap tops and IPad in the car. We only use a few times a year so maybe we spend forty dollars on internet minutes. Our cell is a basic service and we buy 1000 minutes with no monthly plan. Last year we only used 200 minutes. Bottom line for what we spend a year for cell and wi fi is maybe $150..

At home we have our network which is all we need most of the time. Great to be retired.

zehkaiser 01-29-2013 02:24 PM

I use bluetooth to give my car an internet connection from my phone. When people want to use the Wi-Fi, I tell them the passphrase. This way, they don't have to go through the hassle of setting up a bluetooth connection to my phone, and I don't have to destroy the battery in my phone making it a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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