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Has anyone worked out a way to make the iPhone hotspot stay connected/reconnect? Having set up the network in car and with the phone hotspot active, the car stays connected until turned off. Restarting the car, the wifi is no longer connected and the iphone hotspot not visible until you go to phone settings/hotspot page.

I assume this is an iPhone power/data saving feature.

My TomTom satvav gets round this by communicating traffic data via the hotspot using bluetooth. This has the added advantage of not having to enter the hotspot password as you've already paired using the bluetooth pairing code.

Surely this sort of setup would be better all round? Having to reconnect wifi everytime is a real pain.
 

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It works but it's flaky. Too much hassle to ever bother using internet services.
 

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It works but it's flaky. Too much hassle to ever bother using internet services.
Seems a shame, when the car is advertised as having live traffic/weather etc, that it is totally impractical to actually use it. Not sure how Fiat are expecting people to sign up to an info subscription that needs several steps to connect to everytime you get in the car!

Especially surprising when you consider TomTom have a seemless traffic option on SatNavs costing c £150, FREE for life data, that works perfectly through an iPhone via bluetooth with one time setup that just works without any user intervention on phone or satnav. This does need the phone hotspot to be on but does not need you to 'wake' the hotspot, presumably because it is via bluetooth and not wifi.

Can't really believe the FIAT solution, let alone the fact they are charging for it.
 

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Seems a shame, when the car is advertised as having live traffic/weather etc, that it is totally impractical to actually use it. Not sure how Fiat are expecting people to sign up to an info subscription that needs several steps to connect to everytime you get in the car!

Especially surprising when you consider TomTom have a seemless traffic option on SatNavs costing c £150, FREE for life data, that works perfectly through an iPhone via bluetooth with one time setup that just works without any user intervention on phone or satnav. This does need the phone hotspot to be on but does not need you to 'wake' the hotspot, presumably because it is via bluetooth and not wifi.

Can't really believe the FIAT solution, let alone the fact they are charging for it.
Mazda are on the same scam with the MX5. I wouldn't give them anything for it. And "realtime traffic conditions" are standard on most sat navs I don't really see why I should be paying extra for it.
 

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The thing is I'd be happy to pay for it if it worked without having to wake up my phone's hotspot and reconnect every time I started the car.

Can't believe nobody at Fiat thought of this, especially as there is a perfectly good solution by feeding the data over bluetooth rather than wifi (eg TomTom) and the phone is connected to the car via bluetooth for the phone's calling messaging functions anyway!
 

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Most of the 'live traffic' services I've seen in built in navs in US cars has been linked to the Sirius XM traffic service, i.e. you need sattelite radio with an activated service for it to work.
 

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Has anyone worked out a way to make the iPhone hotspot stay connected/reconnect? Having set up the network in car and with the phone hotspot active, the car stays connected until turned off. Restarting the car, the wifi is no longer connected and the iphone hotspot not visible until you go to phone settings/hotspot page.

I assume this is an iPhone power/data saving feature.
Here’s an experiment to try. Connect your phone to a power bank rather than the vehicle USB ports, so that the iPhone isn’t running on it’s battery when the vehicle is shut down. I’ve read that the wifi is automatically turned off to save battery life and by keeping the iPhone “powered”, you may avoid your issue. If this works, then the solution would be to wire up a USB charger to a hot wire or your OBDII port (which is always hot). If the data portion needs to be hooked up to the vehicle, then I guess you would need a splitter so that the power isn’t coming from the CMU’s USB port.

One other alternative is perhaps there is an iPhone app that keeps WiFi from going to sleep?
 
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My TomTom updates traffic via free FM Radio Data System (RDS), which is what the Fiat system was supposed to use as well. Sure wish they had stuck to the plan!

Yes but latency of RDS is so high, up to one hour, that quite often the traffic info doesn’t match anymore real road conditions.
 

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I want to thank the OP for creating this thread, because it helped me to solve a similar problem with my iPhone. BTW, I feel like I don't have enough knowledge in this area and I want to solve this problem somehow. Can someone here tell me, how to solve it? The funny thing is, I want to become an IT specialist. Not so long ago one of my friends told me that there is an easy way to make Cisco certification using this https://cciedump.spoto.net site - they help with the exams. But I can't pass exams without any knowledge. So that's why I want to learn more. Where should I start from?
 
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