As my weekly travel decreases, data connectivity is finally good

Posted By on October 17, 2017

2003VWJettTDIsetup070828My mobile life is FINALLY working the way it should, just as my road life is slowing down. I’ve been monkeying around with the "mobile office" for A LOT of years starting with a 1999 AWD Chrysler Town & Country back in the late 1990s before mounting my Palm Treo in my great little Volkswagen Jetta TDI with a mounted Gateway laptop in the 2000s (photo right).

 The iPhone7plus paired with my iPad Air2/Brydge Keyboard and VirginMobile connection makes it easy and offers almost everything I need to stay connected while on the road at a currently affordable monthly fee – $10.08/mo after my June 2017 iPhone purchase.

POTUS_171016The new setup is running well at the moment and with LTE Internet streaming I’m considering giving up my SiriusXM set-up in my BMW X5 35d (or Honda Pilot)now that audio (and video if needed). The iPhone interfaces well with the new AVIN navigation setup and information display and can send video to the screen or audio (my preference) to the car speakers.  With the screen quality of the iPhone7 Plus, the video on the phone isn’t a bad way to tune into a press conference (above yesterday) or Fox Business news update. The decision now is whether to use SiriusXM, a browser based streaming feed or the Slingplayer app accessing the Slingbox 350 at the house?

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Comments

  • Darrell Gates

    Love seeing your new navigation unit. I installed something similar but it has a few limitations compared to the factory install. Do you still like your upgrade?

    • It is not perfect but so as long as I only use a couple regular features it seems stable. Slow start-up and limited Internet “browser” use are a couple problems. By the time a landscape screen has a browser and virtual keyboard, there isn’t much room for content. I run Waze normally and it occasionally stalls and has to be closed and restarted to regain connectivity. Not sure why?

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