Wow, this is mind blowing isn’t it? Or is it? Some of you may have heard about the new fad of turning your vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot that can be accessed, sometimes as far as 150ft away. One company that offers such functionality is Autonet, which allows you to move your Wi-Fi hotspot to different vehicles. Some automobiles are actually coming standard with this feature built in to the vehicle. Being able to access high speed broadband anywhere you have your vehicle sounds really cool, but is it really all it is cracked up to be? After digging in to this concept a little deeper I discovered that these portable routers are actually doing nothing but converting a 3G or sometimes a 2.5G signal into a Wi-Fi signal. Since this is the case the earlier statement about accessing internet anywhere you have your vehicle might not be completely factual. In actuality you will pretty much only be able to access the internet where you have a cell phone signal. If you are like me a light bulb just went off, “Huh, why wouldn’t I just use the internet through my cell phone?”
On top of all this you are going to have to pay a monthly service for this type of feature. It seems to me that it would make much more sense just to use the tethering feature on your mobile phone. If your mobile phone did not have a tethering feature then why not spend the money on a Mi-Fi or similar device. You would have the same functionality and you would not be limited to using the internet just in your car, you could take it with you on vacation or anywhere else. I think auto manufactures had the right idea with making your vehicle a broadband hotspot, I just think they went about it in the wrong way. They should have found a way to integrate satellite internet service into the vehicles, and then you could truly access high speed internet anywhere you wanted to.