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« on: December 30, 2016, 01:32:04 PM »

I got a new 2017 Acadia Denali with the Tech Package and was going through all of the settings and I saw a place to connect to a wifi hotspot. It had my home wifi listed, so I clicked on it and entered my password. And then nothing exciting happened at all. What the heck can connecting my car to my home wifi do? And now when I pull into the driveway, I hear the connect chime when the car connects to my home wifi. So strange. Just wondering what it could be for.

I am thinking about setting something up with my home automation system so when it connects, it automatically turns lights on. But other than that, I don't see what it can do.

Maybe I can put a fileserver in the car and load music to it over FTP when my car is in the driveway???
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2016, 01:56:47 PM »

I guess you could sit in the car while in the garage and stream bowl games from the ESPN app. LOL
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2016, 02:30:47 PM »

You should have gotten 3 free months of AT&T WiFi with your purchase. During our initial setup with OnStar the rep was really pushing the WiFi even though we kept telling her we wouldn't use it, finally our salesman gave me a look and I said OK just to get he to shut up.
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2016, 02:39:19 PM »

The salesman tried to sell me on a NAV system when I bought my car. I told him, "It wouldn't do me any good. Shoot! There aren't any satellites where I like to go." The look I got was pretty priceless. LOL
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2016, 03:30:03 PM »

You should have gotten 3 free months of AT&T WiFi with your purchase. During our initial setup with OnStar the rep was really pushing the WiFi even though we kept telling her we wouldn't use it, finally our salesman gave me a look and I said OK just to get he to shut up.
I did get the three months of AT&T wifi (which I will never use). I am asking about my car having the ability to connect to my home (or any) wifi access point. I connected it to my home wifi, but I don't know what good it does other than chiming whenever I pull into my driveway to let me know that it has reconnected to my home wifi.

Maybe it is for streaming ESPN to my car while in the garage! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2016, 03:50:39 PM »

Do you still have the free WiFi? I haven't tried to connect ours to our home WiFi. I'm with you about using the WiFi in the car. I guess they're trying to market it to families for use by the kids on trips.
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2016, 03:52:24 PM »

Do you still have the free WiFi? I haven't tried to connect ours to our home WiFi. I'm with you about using the WiFi in the car. I guess they're trying to market it to families for use by the kids on trips.

I don't need I'd either.
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 10:29:12 AM »

We used our free wifi, the kids burned through it in no time but its to expensive to keep it, theres some features like the weather app and traffic app that only work if you have wifi, I've never tried to connect to our home network, not sure either why i would need it.
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 10:33:17 AM »

I ran a port sniffer (nmap) on the IP address my router gave to the car when it was connected and I didn't see any open ports. I was hoping that there would be a way to transfer media to the car when it was connected to my home wifi, but that doesn't look possible. Yeah, it's a mystery. I have no idea why the car would have the ability to connect to my home wifi.
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 04:11:09 PM »

I ran a port sniffer (nmap) on the IP address my router gave to the car when it was connected and I didn't see any open ports. I was hoping that there would be a way to transfer media to the car when it was connected to my home wifi, but that doesn't look possible. Yeah, it's a mystery. I have no idea why the car would have the ability to connect to my home wifi.
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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 08:37:48 PM »

We are using the 3 gigs and let the kid stream on his Kindle.  After it's gone we'll just hotspot him from one of our phones.

i used my home wifi to update the system and download the couple of apps.  I'm hoping they add the Pandora app soon   flaming mad
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2017, 10:16:10 PM »

Pandora app was killed for all 2017 GM hmi based vehicles. If you want that back you need to get an hmi unlock from GM-navigation.com wink
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2017, 09:00:41 AM »

We used our free wifi, the kids burned through it in no time but its to expensive to keep it, theres some features like the weather app and traffic app that only work if you have wifi, I've never tried to connect to our home network, not sure either why i would need it.

We held our kids off for a month before burning thru our free 3GB trial in less than 2 hrs.. facepalm
I thought about going after the new unlimited plan for $20/mo but I wonder if I can get unlimited from my cell carrier for less
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2017, 09:17:01 AM »

The wife keeps saying it's a good thing our kids didn't have all electronics stuff that's available now we would have been in the poor house alot sooner than we were. LOL
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2017, 09:47:16 AM »

We held our kids off for a month before burning thru our free 3GB trial in less than 2 hrs.. facepalm
I thought about going after the new unlimited plan for $20/mo but I wonder if I can get unlimited from my cell carrier for less

Wow! We only get 5 gb per month on our home internet, family of five and we don't typically hit that.
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« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2017, 05:12:16 PM »

Wow! We only get 5 gb per month on our home internet, family of five and we don't typically hit that.

LOL, we have Cogeco unlimited internet and last months usage was 141gb, Netflix,Youtube and 4 Ipads in the house is hard on internet here!!
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2017, 05:40:17 PM »

Pandora app was killed for all 2017 GM hmi based vehicles. If you want that back you need to get an hmi unlock from GM-navigation.com wink

Where did you find the info that it was killed for 2017 vehicles?
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