How to Connect to WIFI in the Car – 2017 Edition

How to Connect to WIFI in the Car – 2017 Edition

How to connect WIFI in the car – so here is the deal. I originally posted this tech how to on July 23, 2012. You guys, that was 5 years ago and my how technology has changed. This post still gets quite a bit of traction so I am updating this with new content on top and you can comically read how we got WIFI in the car in 2012 at the bottom. 

2017 Edition of How to Get WIFI in Your CarIn-Car WIFI in 2017

We are a family of road trippers. Last year we completed a road trip from Dallas to Colorado to Salt Lake City to Portland to San Francisco to Las Vegas and home. It was a WILD ride and did I mention that we have 4 kids? Yes, 4 kids and we lived to tell about it. 

Using Mobile Hot Spot on Road Trips

Why was it amazing? Mostly because our kids were so well behaved. Again, you guys – this IS NOT something that I typically say about my children. I love them so much, but good behavior – let’s just say it’s not a strength. How we kept sane for those nearly 5,000 miles that we road tripped is by having WIFI in the car. 

Each of our kids have either phones, tablets or laptops (or combination of the such.) We did NOT put limits in the car on the road trip and we had open WIFI the majority of the trip. In the Redwoods we did experience zero connection, but come on – who wants to be connected to the internet when in the Redwoods? (Okay, if you are lost that’s one thing – we were in the car.) 

We used our mobile hot spots and while we did have a hefty bill from Verizon (several hundred dollars) – we did enjoy the peace and calm in the car. It was like having a nanny. 

We now have T-Mobile. Our next long road trip – we won’t have to worry about the extra hotspot fees as T-Mobile has an unlimited plan we are SO thankful to have!

Side note: We believe in balance with screen time. At home we have a few policies: No Screen in the Bedroom and Screen Free Sunday. On 2 week road trips – we don’t enforce screen free time for our sanity. Parent well-being is a priority, especially when trapped in a vehicle with 4 kids!

2017 Vehicles with In-Car WIFI

In 2017, in-car WIFI has become the norm. Crazy to think how far we had to go to connect back in 2012 when now it’s built-in. It’s pricey, but convenience costs. If you are looking for a 2017 vehicle that offers in-car wifi – here is a list of vehicle brand and models to consider if that is a priority for your next car purchase:

2017 Vehicles That Offer In-Car WIFI

Looking for a 2017 vehicle with in-car wifi? Check these options out!

Audi

A3 A4 A4 All-road A5 A6 A7 A8 Q3 Q5 Q7 R8 RS 7 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 SQ5 TT

BMW

2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series Alpina B6 Gran Coupe Alpina B7 X3 X4 X5 X6

Buick

Cascada Enclave Encore Envision LaCrosse Regal

Cadillac

ATS CT6 CTS Escalade Escalade ESV XT5 XTS

Chevrolet

Bolt EV Camaro Colorado Corvette Cruze Equinox Express Impala Malibu Silverado 1500 Silverado 2500, 3500 Sonic Spark SS Suburban Tahoe Traverse Trax Volt

Chrysler

200 300 Pacifica

Dodge Challenger Charger Durango Viper Fiat 500e

GMC

Acadia Canyon Sierra 1500 Sierra 2500, 3500 Terrain Yukon Yukon XL

Jaguar

F-Pace XE XF XJ

Jeep

Cherokee Grand Cherokee Renegade

Land Rover

Discovery Discovery Sport Range Rover Range Rover Evoque Range Rover Sport

Mercedes-Benz

AMG GT S B-Class C-Class CLA-Class CLS-Class E-Class G-Class GLA-Class GLC-Class GLE-Class GLS-Class Maybach S550 Maybach S600 S-Class SL-Class SLC-Class

Porsche

718 Boxster 718 Cayman 911 Cayenne Macan Panamera Ram 1500 2500, 3500

Volvo

S60 S80 S90 V60 V90 Cross Country XC60 XC70 XC90

There you have it folks. In 2017, you use your smartphone’s mobile hot spot for WIFI in the car. Another option, you can purchase that offers in-car WIFI. I love technology. 

updated 7/23/17


Below is the original post from July 23, 2012. My how things have changed.

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Connect to WIFI in the Car

Connect to WIFI in the car and your road trip will never be the same!

Last week the husband took a few days off, we stuffed the car with kids, food and luggage and the family hit the road. About an hour into our road trip, the sound of kids quieted, it was just me and the husband, XM radio, a beautiful cloudy sky, the road and WIFI in the car. My heart was happy. We are fortunate to be able to road trip often, but the only reason we are able to is that my job can be done on the go. As long as I have my computer and an internet connection – I can work anywhere, even the car.

No more “are we there yet?” from the kids – they can look it where we are themselves!

Here is how we connect to WIFI in the car:

Verizon Mobile Data Hot Spot

To get WIFI in the car or WIFI anywhere, that has a good cell signal – we use the Verizon Mobile Data Hotspot on our phones. My husband sports an Android, we signed up using his phone – though I could of used it on my iPhone as well. To connect to WIFI is super simple and it runs us $20 a month. For $20 a month – the kids can all connect their devices and I can happily blog from the road! We did have a good 30 minutes of no data access when cruising through middle of no where Oklahoma, but other than that, from Dallas to Oklahoma CIty we were able to stay connected.  The kids were streaming NetFlix, my husband was listening to music thru Pandora and I was blogging away with no major lags. While it appears Verizon has done some shifting on some of their new plans (we’ve been on Verizon for 18 or so months now) – the mobile data plan is month to month, so if there is a sadmonth we aren’t road tripping – we can cancel.  If you think about how much WIFI is in a hotel room (I’ve paid up to $20 a night) – the $20 a month is a great deal. If your phone isn’t hotspot enabled, check out the various hotspot devices available that will do the same thing.  I previously used a Virgin Mobile Hotspot – here’s a little food for thought from my experience with that.

Virgin Mobile Hot Spot Review

While working in corporate America, I had a Virgin Mobile Hot Spot.  For around $25 a month, I could connect up to 5 devices – but there was a problem. The Virgin Mobile Hot Spot had to be charged and the cord was proprietary. The charge wouldn’t hold for long making the device useless. Another downside, I couldn’t get the hot spot to charge and use at the same time. Talk about dumb!

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WIFI Everywhere

Before you know it, WIFI will be everywhere. Look at the way New York City phone booths are now WIFI enabled. McDonalds, Starbucks, Panera Bread – all great locations for WIFI! Now if only my car came WIFI enabled… that will be the day.

Do You HotSpot?

10 Geeky Tattoos That Are Way Cooler Than Your Tramp Stamp

10 Geeky Tattoos That Are Way Cooler Than Your Tramp Stamp

Geeks showing their geek pride by getting geeky tattoos – okay, no hate to the tramp stamp, but how cool are these tats??

geeky tattoos

I have 2 tattoos, only 1 I regret but will someday get covered. I’m not sure that I could commit to a video game character, or movie star (YES, Yoda is a movie star whether he is real or not!), but who knows – a wild night left me with a cross and a butterfly so maybe my next mark will be an Angry Bird tattoo? (Lord, please no!)

Geeky Tattoos

Check out these 10 geeks who are now forever marked with a geeky tattoo:

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What do you think? Ready to get stamped for life with a mark of geekiness?

Check out the above tattoos and many more geeky tattoos at geekytattoos.com

 

Staying Connected with Family Using Your Smart TV

Staying Connected with Family Using Your Smart TV

staying connected with your smart tv

How do stay connected with family?

With 4 kids and since both of us are from larger families there is no way we get to connect with everyone as much as we would like. Our family lives all over the place and uhm traveling with 6 people requires a 2 bedroom hotel now adays, so alas we connect using technology. (sad face: we heart roadtrips!) Over the last few years, Skype has been our method of choice in allowing our family to stay connected. It not only allows our family to see our kids, but to watch and interact with them. Their Skype personalities are quite like their everyday personalities (crazy) – and over the phone and via pictures just don’t capture who they are like video can.

Skyping has also been a God-send when me or my husband have to travel for work. I miss those babies and they do NOT understand the phone. Being able to see and hear my husband on the television is so much more heart warming and comforting then just hearing him on the phone. (more…)

Never Forget To Send a Birthday Card Again – There’s an App For That

Never Forget To Send a Birthday Card Again – There’s an App For That

birthday card app

It’s time to play – there’s an app for that! Today’s app solves the age old problem of forgetting to mail birthday cards. I envy those who can remember this task. I have a birthday this coming week, and I have a few sweet friends who year after year remember and send me a card. I feel overwhelmed with guilt as I, well I SUCK at mailing cards. I buy them. I write in them. The thought is there, it’s the address and sticking in the mail is where I FAIL majorly.

Thankfully, due to modern technology and the clever people who bring you Treat.com (and shutterfly.com, tinyprints.com, weddingpaperdivas.com) – there is a solution for those of you who are like me. You mean well, but just can’t seem to get that birthday card out the door and into the mailbox to mail. (more…)

Samsung ES8000 – It’s Not Just For Adults!

Samsung ES8000 – It’s Not Just For Adults!

smart tv for kids

Samsung ES8000 Smart TV Review

The Samsung ES8000 Smart TV was designed with the family in mind!  In addition to the great features for adults – there was special attention given to creating elements for kids.

With kids ages 9, 7, 2 and 1 – each have varied tastes, but Samsung has thought about everyone when creating this TV.

Your Samsung smart TV will come preloaded with multiple options for entertaining and educating the kids. Check out the Kids icon on your Smart Hub. Don’t think those are your only options! By accessing the Samsung apps, your ES8000 will give you endless options for entertaining your children with both educational and fun programs, games, apps and eBooks. While some apps do cost money, the majority of the apps that we use (and list below) are FREE! (more…)