Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is available as a data connection method and is often faster than cellular data networks. Connecting to Wi-Fi is especially useful in areas with limited or no cellular connectivity. To ensure fast, reliable delivery of software and map updates, Tesla recommends leaving Model S connected to a Wi-Fi network whenever possible (for example, when parked at home).

To connect to a Wi-Fi network:

  1. Touch Controls > Wi-Fi. Model S begins to scan and display detected Wi-Fi networks that are within range.
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    If a known Wi-Fi network does not appear in the list, move Model S closer to the access point or consider using a range extender.
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    When connecting to a 5GHz network (if available), check which channels are supported in your region.
    Table 1. 5GHz Network Channels Supported
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  2. Find and tap the the Wi-Fi network you want to use in Searching for Wi-Fi Networks or add it manually in Add Wi-Fi Networks, enter the password (if necessary), then touch Confirm. When successfully connected, the Wi-Fi network shows in Known Wi-Fi Networks along with a green check. Whenever the network is within range, Model S connects to it automatically.
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    Model S does not currently support connections to captive Wi-Fi networks (a captive Wi-Fi, commonly used by public hotspots, requires you to access a custom web portal and agree to terms of service prior to allowing you to log in).
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If more than one previously connected network is within range, Model S connects to the one most recently used.
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At Tesla Service Centers, Model S automatically connects to the Tesla Service Wi-Fi network.

Hotspots

Instead of a Wi-Fi network, you can also use a mobile hotspot (subject to fees and restrictions of your carrier). After connecting to your hotspot, select Remain Connected in Drive, if you want to keep the connection active while you are driving.