LTE Mifi that auto turns on when power is on?

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Hey folks,

Does anyone know of any LTE Mifi that turns on automatically when power is available? I have a slew of devices in my car that needs a hotspot for internet connectivity and I have a data only SIM card paid for by work. My current Mifi is fantastic but it's a PITA because it requires a manual power on each and every time.

If anyone knows of such an auto turn on device I'd love to know what it is! Thx
 

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If you have unlimited data on your phone, you can use Tasker to do this.
 

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If you have unlimited data on your phone, you can use Tasker to do this.
Yes I am aware of this, and I have an elaborate setup too, albeit in a slightly different way. When my phone connects to BT to my car, it tries to pickup the mobile hotspot, and then Tasker joins that and does about 20 things. The thing is, I have this separate mifi device with a separate data only plan which work pays for. The problem is that I have to turn on the mobile hotspot manually and that's a pain.
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What about one that plugs into the OBD II port? I'm using the TMobile SyncUp Drive 2.

Not a bad idea, but OBD11 is connected already...
 
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Not a bad idea, but OBD11 is connected already...
Isn’t the OBD11 just for programming? What’s the benefit of leaving it connected full-time? You could always do an OBD splitter for multiple devices if you like.
 

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Isn’t the OBD11 just for programming? What’s the benefit of leaving it connected full-time? You could always do an OBD splitter for multiple devices if you like.
Oh wow, I did not know that was possible! OBD11 is not just for programming, but for pulling live data from the various modules in the vehicle. Thanks for the tip nonetheless - will have a peruse!
 

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What about for iPhone?
I only use Android phones, so no clue.

Isn’t the OBD11 just for programming? What’s the benefit of leaving it connected full-time? You could always do an OBD splitter for multiple devices if you like.
 

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I've got a Verizon one in my truck, I actually have a spare one now because I thought I'd lost the original one traveling then found it two days after ordering a new one. LMK if interested.
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USB Powers it on, and if no clients for 15 minutes it powers off automatically. I have another one that's newer I'm going to swap to, but this one works great too, its the AC791L
 
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Any leads on a wifi/mifi with bluetooth you can buy (not rent) and use with a freedompop sim for data? Id like to connect the GPS with live traffic and radar detector to Escort Live.
 

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I use bixby actions on my samsung to auto start wifi hotspot on my phone upon bluetooth connection with car.
 

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What about for iPhone?
You may be able to with the new iOS 13.1 and updated Shortcuts app. Apple introduced Bluetooth triggers into the Shortcuts app functionality, meaning you can use Bluetooth connectivity to specific devices as a trigger to take any other action. That may possibly include turning on and off your hotspot functionality on your phone. I can't confirm this yet as I like to wait a bit before adopting bleeding edge software releases, and am still on iOS 12.
 

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Thanks infinity, that was very helpful:cool:
 

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So I've actually been doing this for a while.

I've got the TMobile SyncUp Drive 2 which is an OBD II LTE WiFi hotspot. It works great in the OBD II port and adds some additional functionality in the app. It's $10/mo for the data plan (2GB/mo) from TMobile.

However, because I want it on while I'm parked, I have it plugged into a spare Blackvue dashcam battery pack that was sitting in my closet. I needed a USB to OBD adapter. The first one I got was an $11 one that didn't work properly and pass power through when the car is off. I returned it and got a $45 adapter that actually does work properly.

If you only want it to function while your car is on though, the OBD solution works fine.
 

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So I've actually been doing this for a while.

I've got the TMobile SyncUp Drive 2 which is an OBD II LTE WiFi hotspot. It works great in the OBD II port and adds some additional functionality in the app. It's $10/mo for the data plan (2GB/mo) from TMobile.

However, because I want it on while I'm parked, I have it plugged into a spare Blackvue dashcam battery pack that was sitting in my closet. I needed a USB to OBD adapter. The first one I got was an $11 one that didn't work properly and pass power through when the car is off. I returned it and got a $45 adapter that actually does work properly.

If you only want it to function while your car is on though, the OBD solution works fine.
Tbh I wouldn't trust TMobile with my OBD2 port... (I don't trust anyone with my car matter of fact lol).
 

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Tbh I wouldn't trust TMobile with my OBD2 port... (I don't trust anyone with my car matter of fact lol).
heh yeah that’s another side benefit of using a dedicated battery. No security concerns with anyone tapping into the car itself. :)
 

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heh yeah that’s another side benefit of using a dedicated battery. No security concerns with anyone tapping into the car itself. :)
A lot of those generic OBD adapters, such as the very popular chinese generic ELM327, have little to no security at all. You can drive through any public parking lot and connect to the bluetooth ones completely unchallenged. I won't use an ELM327 for that reason.
 

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A lot of those generic OBD adapters, such as the very popular chinese generic ELM327, have little to no security at all. You can drive through any public parking lot and connect to the bluetooth ones completely unchallenged. I won't use an ELM327 for that reason.
Only time I'd use an elm tool is on a non-canbus OBD2. At least I can get live engine data...
 

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So I've actually been doing this for a while.

I've got the TMobile SyncUp Drive 2 which is an OBD II LTE WiFi hotspot. It works great in the OBD II port and adds some additional functionality in the app. It's $10/mo for the data plan (2GB/mo) from TMobile.

However, because I want it on while I'm parked, I have it plugged into a spare Blackvue dashcam battery pack that was sitting in my closet. I needed a USB to OBD adapter. The first one I got was an $11 one that didn't work properly and pass power through when the car is off. I returned it and got a $45 adapter that actually does work properly.

If you only want it to function while your car is on though, the OBD solution works fine.
For the Canadian folks, Rogers does have a similar type of device, however, I have confirmed that in certain cars (E.g. mine), the OBD port is ALWAYS on and thus causes a drain on the car's battery.
 

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For the Canadian folks, Rogers does have a similar type of device, however, I have confirmed that in certain cars (E.g. mine), the OBD port is ALWAYS on and thus causes a drain on the car's battery.
Yup, as does Telus with their Drive+.
 

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