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Old 05-16-2019, 07:04 AM
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Fellow M850 owners - WiFi Hotspot help?

Fellow M850 owners: I need a bit of help troubleshooting my WiFi Hotspot, which is not at all hot. It will not connect to the Internet.

Does your Wi-Fi Hotspot connect to the outside world? And if so, what in-car network is it connecting to? Is it one that begins: "Direct....[last five VIN numbers]" or is it a network called "My BMW Hotspot"?

I can find the former and it does not work. I cannot find the one called "My BMW Hotspot," which the BMW Genius claims is the one I should be finding and using, even on our iDrive 7 system.

Again, I obviously don't need your password. I just need to know the label of the in-car Wi-Fi network that is connecting you to the outside world.

Many thanks.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:46 AM
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Found this in the online 850 user manual:

WiFi hotspot

Concept

Compatible devices with WiFi interface can use the Internet connection of the vehicle via the WiFi hotspot.

General information

Up to 10 devices can be connected with the hotspot of the vehicle at the same time.

Functional requirements
  • Compatible device with WiFi interface.
  • WiFi activated on the device.
  • Registration and data contract with a service provider where required.
  • Internet use is activated for the vehicle.
  • Standby state switched on.
  • Activate WiFi in the vehicle

Via iDrive:
  1. "COM"
  2. "Mobile devices"
  3. Move the Controller to the right.
  4. "Settings"
  5. "Wi-Fi®"
  6. Connecting device to WiFi hotspot


Via iDrive:
  1. "COM"
  2. "Mobile devices"
  3. Move the Controller to the right.
  4. "New device"
  5. "Internet"
  6. Hotspot name and hotspot code are displayed on the Control Display. Additionally, a QR code will be displayed.
  7. Search for WiFi networks on the device. Select network name on the device.
  8. Enter hotspot code on the device and connect. Alternatively, the QR code can be used.
  9. The device is displayed in the device list.
The initial Internet use via the hotspot requires a registration and possibly a data volume purchase from a service provider.

Depending on the country version, data volume can be purchased via the connected mobile device or from the ConnectedDrive Store.

All devices connected via the hotspot use this data volume.
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:03 AM
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Nick:

Right. Thanks for that, though I already had seen it.

The issue was a mismatch between what other documentation suggested should be the WiFi hotspot network name and what I actually was finding in the car.

I finally sorted it out: In iDrive 7, at least as presented in the M850, only one WiFi hotspot network is produced (or visible to the owner) and if you do everything right AND if the overall telematics system is working through BMW and AT&T, which it often is not, you can get the WiFi to work.

That network hotspot is the one called “Direct...[last five VIN numbers].”

The good news is, when you finally get the in-car WiFi hotspot to work, is is remarkably fast and reliable.
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