Car Wi-Fi – How Does it Work?

Our reliance on technology is increasing all the time, and this reliance extends to the vehicles we drive – especially (but not inclusively) for those who drive for business. A good internet connection enables anyone to work anywhere; even in the car.
It is always assumed that a mobile signal is all that is required for clear in-car tech use, but what happens when you drive in an area with a poor, or no signal? That is where in-car Wi-Fi comes into its own and if you’re in doubt about whether you could get this in a lease vehicle a vehicle leasing expert can advise you.
In the meantime, read our quick guide on how car Wi-Fi works.


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The Legal Part

To clear up any worries about whether you are allowed to use in-car Wi-Fi, we can assure you that it is perfectly legal; however, as with mobile phone usage, you must install a hands-free system.

Why Do I Need Car Wi-Fi?

As we explained earlier, a mobile 3G or 4G signal is often enough for driving through urban and built-up areas but if you drive extensively across the country or abroad you may find that mobile signals drop out in more rural areas. If you are using your smartphone for communication or navigation, you could easily find yourself hopelessly lost, missing deadlines or missing important meetings. Wi-Fi guarantees a continuous connection which won’t disappear at a crucial moment. Plus, family journeys are made much more enjoyable when you can stream any music, podcast or video you like.

How to Get Car Wi-Fi and How it Works

The easiest way to guarantee the latest Wi-Fi technology is to make sure you have the latest model vehicle, and with the latest car lease deals it is easier and more cost-effective to get yourself into a brand-new vehicle with all the newest tech innovations.
When you lease or purchase a new vehicle this may already have integrated 4G LTE Wi-Fi with a built-in SIM card enabling you to access the internet and use streaming services wherever you are through the vehicle’s infotainment system or an external device. If your vehicle doesn’t have integrated Wi-Fi, you can have it retrofitted with a system which uses mobile hotspots. This means your vehicle could connect with – or tether – your own mobile signal via a USB slot or other adapter connected to the cigarette lighter. However, this method uses a lot of mobile data which could incur extra charges.
Integrated in-car Wi-Fi simply uses the vehicle as a personal hotspot available for all users in the vehicle. You plug in a portable router or use the vehicle’s installed modem to connect with a signal.
As for costs, with an integrated system, all you pay for is your mobile network data subscription, but with a retrofitted system you would also have to pay portable hotspot charges.

Future-proof Your Vehicle

Changes in the way we work are already happening, and bigger changes in the way we drive are coming with advancements in autonomous vehicles. Make sure you’re ready for this brave new future with in-car Wi-Fi by asking what your options are with new cars available for lease.

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