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It's hard to tell from that angle, but it looks like 1) the shade isn't up against the windshield and 2) it appears there's a cut-out that means the the shade isn't literally behind the dashcam itself, where the dashcam is between the shade and the windshield.

You're probably fine, depending on where you're located. Do you use parking mode? Do you have a heat rejection film applied to the windshield (usually just very light tint with good IR and UV rejection rates)? Ideally no shade would be used if you had the film, as it would be less useful at that point, though it doesn't do image quality any favors for the cam. If you don't use parking mode, it would also be nice if you could slip the shade up against the windshield so it keeps the detector and dashcam protected as well.
 

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I use parking mode most days at my office where we do not have covered parking. I have 80% tint in the front windshield.

I did not get the shade snug as I was at the gate for my dealer turning my car in for some warranty work. I am hoping the cut out will be adequate but will only see as the temps increase.

I am just back from China and getting ready for Germany, but presently OKC is in the low 90s. However, we have our fill of triple digit heat each summer.
 

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Once the BV was installed, I could connect to it's Wi-Fi in places like my home office (with car in the garage) and I think in my regular office with the car some distance away in the parking lot when in the parking mode.

Recently - since the last FW ug? - however, I can only connect to the BV Wifi when inside my vehicle or standing in front of the car. I checked the iOS app settings but nothing obvious seems to have changed.

What might be in play here?
 

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Next week, I will be at a Marriott property in the USA.

Is there a way to connect my BV to the hotel WiFi if I can park close enough to be in range? Due to my elite status with Marriott, I only click connect for my iPhone and iPad so I am not sure what kind of credentials would work for the BV.
 

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Next week, I will be at a Marriott property in the USA.

Is there a way to connect my BV to the hotel WiFi if I can park close enough to be in range? Due to my elite status with Marriott, I only click connect for my iPhone and iPad so I am not sure what kind of credentials would work for the BV.
The Marriott wifi requires that you first go through their website authentication page to enter your room number and last name. Some devices, like Amazon Kindles, support an embedded browser just so they can connect to such wifi authentication websites. Therefore I don't think the BV will be able to authenticate and use the hotel access point.

Just a wild guess, but if you take the BV's MAC address and first use a different device (i.e., laptop) that clones this same MAC address then you can manually use the device to first authenticate to the Marriott website. After that, the BV might be able to subsequently connect and use the Marriott Guest wifi access point.

I also believe the Marriott "free" lobby wifi access point still requires you to first accept the terms and conditions on the website before granting access, so the BV won't be able to use that either.
 
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The Marriott wifi requires that you first go through their website authentication page to enter your room number and last name. Some devices, like Amazon Kindles, support an embedded browser just so they can connect to such wifi authentication websites. Therefore I don't think the BV will be able to authenticate and use the hotel access point.

Just a wild guess, but if you take the BV's MAC address and first use a different device (i.e., laptop) that clones this same MAC address then you can manually use the device to first authenticate to the Marriott website. After that, the BV might be able to subsequently connect and use the Marriott Guest wifi access point.

I also believe the Marriott "free" lobby wifi access point still requires you to first accept the terms and conditions on the website before granting access, so the BV won't be able to use that either.
I am finally at the USA Marriott property in question. The BV picks up the hotel Wifi but, of course, requires a password.

Even though I am an ‘elite’ with Marriott, the front desk would not give me a ‘conference password’. I asked to speak to the manager and was told she would not be here during the weekend. In the meantime, I will wait to talk to another staff person while posting on FlyerTalk Marriott to see what they would recommend.
 

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I am finally at the USA Marriott property in question. The BV picks up the hotel Wifi but, of course, requires a password.

Even though I am an ‘elite’ with Marriott, the front desk would not give me a ‘conference password’. I asked to speak to the manager and was told she would not be here during the weekend. In the meantime, I will wait to talk to another staff person while posting on FlyerTalk Marriott to see what they would recommend.
Why don't you spoof the MAC of your BV cam with your laptop, login, then power off the laptop and then connect the cam shortly after?
 
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Why don't you spoof the MAC of your BV cam with your laptop, login, then power off the laptop and then connect the cam shortly after?
I have an iPad Pro 3, not a laptop and do not know how to do what is being proposed. I must do a search, it would seem.
 

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I have an iPad Pro 3, not a laptop and do not know how to do what is being proposed. I must do a search, it would seem.
Seriously, please travel with a full computer. A laptop of some sort, doesn't matter if it's MAC or PC. Seems like most of these issues you keep having can easily be solved with a laptop, so carry one in addition to your mobile device.

This is extremely easy to do on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux How To Change Your MAC Address | Digital Trends

On Android you can do it if you root your phone. On iOS after iOS 7, it's nearly impossible. At a minimum, you'll have to jailbreak it and download an app.
 

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I like to carry around a mini travel router in all my cars. Let's me have my own network while using someone else's internet (or mine if I plug in an lte modem or tether to it).

I'll usually set up my hotel's wifi on the travel router and let all my devices connect to that. Also a bit of peace of mind that my devices are on a separate network but I can still easily access all of them.
 
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I like to carry around a mini travel router in all my cars. Let's me have my own network while using someone else's internet (or mine if I plug in an lte modem or tether to it).

I'll usually set up my hotel's wifi on the travel router and let all my devices connect to that. Also a bit of peace of mind that my devices are on a separate network but I can still easily access all of them.
You know, years ago I carried a travel router on my international trips because to get Internet to all my devices. I could go to Best Buy tomorrow and see if I can about getting this scheme to work.
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I like to carry around a mini travel router in all my cars. Let's me have my own network while using someone else's internet (or mine if I plug in an lte modem or tether to it).

I'll usually set up my hotel's wifi on the travel router and let all my devices connect to that. Also a bit of peace of mind that my devices are on a separate network but I can still easily access all of them.
I know you travel to China, etc., but I am now in the mode of rollaboard only for almost all my international trips so downsizing is the goal.
 

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You know, years ago I carried a travel router on my international trips because to get Internet to all my devices. I could go to Best Buy tomorrow and see if I can about getting this scheme to work.
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I know you travel to China, etc., but I am now in the mode of rollaboard only for almost all my international trips so downsizing is the goal.
@STS134 is the one who travels to China. If I travel internationally, I don't much care for a travel router since I usually have a phone and a laptop only and my phone has lte.

Im talking domestic within driving range when I travel. Something that my watch, phone, laptop, Dashcam, car infotainment, etc can all connect to easily and seamlessly
 
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@STS134 is the one who travels to China. If I travel internationally, I don't much care for a travel router since I usually have a phone and a laptop only and my phone has lte.

Im talking domestic within driving range when I travel. Something that my watch, phone, laptop, Dashcam, car infotainment, etc can all connect to easily and seamlessly
Sorry, my 2 year old Lhasa Apso is wanting to bark at neighbors so I am having to deal with him and did not push far enough up on my screen.
So your travel router can reach your car’s dash cam from your room? What kind of distance is the limit? At this hotel, my room is high and far away from my car.
 

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Sorry, my 2 year old Lhasa Apso is wanting to bark at neighbors so I am having to deal with him and did not push far enough up on my screen.
So your travel router can reach your car’s dash cam from your room? What kind of distance is the limit? At this hotel, my room is high and far away from my car.
It depends how far I park from my room. Usually though, I leave the router plugged into my car and basically connect to my car from the room.
I can almost never get 5ghz but rarely have issues with 2.4ghz as long as I park reasonably close to my room.
 

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Seriously, please travel with a full computer. A laptop of some sort, doesn't matter if it's MAC or PC. Seems like most of these issues you keep having can easily be solved with a laptop, so carry one in addition to your mobile device.

This is extremely easy to do on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux How To Change Your MAC Address | Digital Trends

On Android you can do it if you root your phone. On iOS after iOS 7, it's nearly impossible. At a minimum, you'll have to jailbreak it and download an app.
I tried to respond to this yesterday, but unlike you when I go to China I take only a rollaboard. My travel trio is iPhone, iPad, iWatch.

Since you use FT, you might find it interesting that I am in a discussion about why my present hotel would not give me a password for the conference Wifi. For example, when I am in Beijing running around, I can stop at a Marriott for lunch and even though I am not a guest they will give me a temporary password so I can connect to social media and Google. Of course now if I easily go with the $10 a day AT&T plan.

I am Platinum with Marriott and should hit Titarium by the end of the year. I will watch to see if a given status or simply a different clerk answers this question in a positive or negative way. Unless I am missing something, I am not putting anyone else at risk by using a Marriott conference password to connect my BV to my iPhone.
 

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I tried to respond to this yesterday, but unlike you when I go to China I take only a rollaboard. My travel trio is iPhone, iPad, iWatch.
Taking only iOS devices to China is a really, really bad idea. iOS is so locked down, that VPN developers cannot do what they need to do. Why can't I use the Chameleon or OpenVPN protocols on iOS?

Whenever VPNs get blocked, iOS is always one of the first platforms to lose connectivity and the last to have it restored. Take at least one full PC or Mac when you go to China.

Since you use FT, you might find it interesting that I am in a discussion about why my present hotel would not give me a password for the conference Wifi. For example, when I am in Beijing running around, I can stop at a Marriott for lunch and even though I am not a guest they will give me a temporary password so I can connect to social media and Google. Of course now if I easily go with the $10 a day AT&T plan.
Ugh...don't do that. Use this. 跨境王4G香港號碼版-香港跨境王儲值卡-中國聯通(香港)CUniq網上商城 AT&T is a ripoff, this costs about US$15 per 2GB, and bypasses the firewall. When you are in China, create a login account at cuniq.com with your email address and connect the phone number of your SIM card to it. Then, you'll be able to login and check the balance from outside of China. Keep a balance on the card at all times to prevent it from expiring. It costs HK$6 (US$0.77) per month to keep the card active. Bring it on subsequent trips, put it in your phone, and sign up for the proper plan (instructions on that website). You can recharge it with any Visa card that supports Verified by Visa (anything except Chase in my experience).

I am Platinum with Marriott and should hit Titarium by the end of the year. I will watch to see if a given status or simply a different clerk answers this question in a positive or negative way. Unless I am missing something, I am not putting anyone else at risk by using a Marriott conference password to connect my BV to my iPhone.
Whether or not you'd be putting anyone at risk is irrelevant. I don't believe you would, but you should never be forced to rely on someone else's goodwill to connect your camera to the wifi network. You should have the proper tools with you so that even if they choose not to assist, you can still do so. I really can't help you if you aren't traveling with the proper tools.
 
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An update on the attempt to connect my BV to a hotel Wifi.

A manager was on duty today. She said she did not know of a policy by Marriott that would forbid connecting the BV to the Marriott Guest Wifi. When I asked about generating a password, she did not say they would not but rather she could not do this. She said IT was off site and so she gave me a number to call them and see what they have to say.

In the meantime, here is a solution proposed by a user on FlyerTalk which I must explore at some point:
1) Install Network Analyzer on your iPad. The free version is sufficient.
2) Set up your iPad as a WiFi hotspot. Be sure sure to record the existing password or set one that's easier to enter on the dashcam.
3) Connect to the iPad WiFi hotspot from your dashcam (you'll need to enter the password from #2 )
4) Start Network Analyzer, select the LAN function (second from the left on my iPhone--iPad may be different), click Scan to get the list of devices on your hotspot. Scan should find two devices, one being the iPad, the other should be the dashcam.
5) Record the Mac address of the dashcam (it should a 20 or so characters-long alphanumeric string)
6) Turn off the WiFi hotspot and uninstall Network Analyzer if you don't want to keep it.
7) While still in the car, call Marriott Tech Support and tell them you are trying to connect a device to the Marriott guest WiFi, that you can't get the log in screen, but that you have the Mac address. If he/she asks, you may need to reveal that the device is a WiFi camera (although these days, it could have been some sort of medical device such as an Apnea machine) . But you probably shouldn't volunteer that the device is in the car.
8) Check that everything is working while still in the car then go back to your room and enjoy.
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Well, I called the company that handles Marriott IT issues.

It was a very pleasant conversation. First I was told that the “isolation protocol” would likely limit the BV, but it was never clear to me that dash cams are in fact ruled out.
Then I was told they could not generate passwords - as they only help people with login in complications - that only a hotel manager, perhaps being the head hotel manager or perhaps the person over sales for conferences could generate password for a specific hotel.
The person I called then asked if I knew the BV MAC address. I told them that I was just to learn how to capture the BV MAC address. I told them I would call back if my attempts were successful.
In any event, the IT person i talked to said that once I could capture the BV MAC address they would talk to me about trying to rig the connection I have been seeking.
 
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I tried this morning to follow instructions in post #57. However, I could not get the BV app on my iPX to find the AT&T hotspot of my iPX.

This works okay with my iPad Pro 3 so what am I doing wrong? While in the car, my iPX wifi connection is the BV Wifi so I can see the settings of the BV which shows several networks but not the hotspot on my iPX. Is there another way to get at this?
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I also followed those instructions at home with both iPX and BV connected to my home router, and the Network app does not show the BV much less its MAC address.
 
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If I correctly understand the content of these links below, my SSID/MAC is "00:25:42:" plus the last 6 digits - written as "xx:xx:xx" - of what I see when my iPhone is connected to the BV. I am now searching for a place to test this.

 

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