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 overnight).
To connect to a Wi-Fi network:
- Touch Controls screen. Model S begins to scan and display detected Wi-Fi
networks that are within range.NoteIf 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.NoteWhen connecting to a 5GHz network (if available), check which channels are supported in your region.
Table 1. 5GHz Network Channels Supported 36-48 52-64 100-140 149-165 ✓ ✓
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- Select the Wi-Fi network you want to use,
enter the password (if necessary), then touch Confirm.NoteModel 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).
- Model S connects to the Wi-Fi network. Whenever the network is within range, Model S connects to it automatically.
You can also connect to a hidden network that isn't shown on the list of scanned networks. Just touch Wi-Fi Settings, enter the name of the network in the resulting dialog box, select the security setting, then touch Add Network.
Hotspots and Connectivity
You can also use a mobile hotspot or your phone's Internet connection via Wi-Fi tethering (subject to fees and restrictions of your mobile carrier) to access the internet. To remain connected to Wi-Fi when shifting into Drive or Reverse, choose the connection from the Wi-Fi settings screen, then touch Remain connected in Drive.