Wi-Fi hotspot option for 2011 Subaru Outback

Jul 19, 2010 by Lin Edwards report

(PhysOrg.com) -- The 2011 Subaru Outback model will include the option of a secure Wi-Fi hotspot to provide Internet access for over 10 users either inside the car or within a range of 45 meters (150 feet) of the vehicle.

The Subaru Mobile hotspot operates on 2.5 G and 3 G networks and is powered by Autonet Mobile. range from 400 to 800 kbps, while uploads range from 128 to 300 kbps with 3G connection. The relative ranges for 2.5 G are 120-200 kbps and 50-100 kbps. The service is backed by user support via Subaru and Autonet Mobile customer service resources.

The Wi-Fi hotspot will work with all Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as iPhones, iPod Touch, personal digital assistants (PDAs), play station portables (PSPs), laptops and Macintoshes. It cannot be installed if the Subaru Remote Engine Starter is installed.

The Wi-Fi hotspot is simple to use and works just like any other Wi-Fi hotspot with no special software or set up required: just connect and launch the browser. The connection is secured with WEP encryption, WAN port restriction, or MAC address restriction. The system supports WPA/WPA2 encryption.

The Wi-Fi hotspot option will be available for a minimum one-year contract and will cost $499 US, with a $35 activation fee and after the first free 90 days, will cost $29 per month for one up to $59 per month for five gigabytes of data. If data is transferred over the limit, the connection is progressively slowed for every bit of data transfer beyond the plan’s limit, but the system can be set up to notify users they are approaching the bandwidth limit of their plan.

say the system covers 97 percent of the United States. There are no plans for it to be made available in other countries.

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5 / 5 (2) Jul 19, 2010
Holy moly that seems expensive.
Why would you want to connect to your car when you can connect directly via 2.5/3G on your laptop/mobile anyway?
3 / 5 (2) Jul 19, 2010
Holy moly that seems expensive.
Why would you want to connect to your car when you can connect directly via 2.5/3G on your laptop/mobile anyway?

Exactly, that just doesn't make sense.
1 / 5 (1) Jul 19, 2010
Considering that I can crack WEP in the time it takes to sit at a red light, I would say this option should be called "Subaru ID Theft Facilitator".
1 / 5 (1) Jul 19, 2010
It cannot be installed if the Subaru Remote Engine Starter is installed.

Thank god! Identity theft is bad enough, but with rearview cameras, radar systems and fly-by-wire controls, a (great) hacker could probably remotely drive this car to a chop-shop.
4 / 5 (1) Jul 19, 2010
Holy moly that seems expensive.
Why would you want to connect to your car when you can connect directly via 2.5/3G on your laptop/mobile anyway?

Yeah, beats me. I guess you are paying for a 3000 lb router. Your car is a hot spot that non 3G devices can connect to. Perhaps if you have an entire family with laptops or tablets that only have wifi, then it may be cheaper to not have 3 or 4 separate mobile connections.
not rated yet Jul 25, 2010
This is really cool as it becomes available in all he cars, its pretty handy, You can even work, play games, download at high speed (Internet not the car) while traveling and would be cheaper as compared to having a no of connections such as GPRS which is separately accessed by friends and family. Gr8 utility..