EVA wrote:Originally, why did Ford add the WiFi connection? Because it probably came free on some computer board they bought. And then they thought it would be some amazing marketing ploy. Remember when some car maker (think it was Chevy) was all so so cool because their car was a hotspot and you could connect all your devices inside the car to that one car WiFi connection?
So Ford probably went down the path half baked. Put the cheap thing in first. Then figured out it was expensive to put in a cellular modem. And that nobody would pay Ford for the data service inside the car. So we had this lame piece of uselessness left over from a good idea gone really bad.
Don't know about Sync3 - it would surprise me if Ford could figure out or would want to do over the air updates to the car. Shoot that would be like too much the right thing to do, and it would cost them a ton of money, and their dealers wouldn't be able to charge to update the firmware for people scared of USB sticks and updating themselves.
I think the WiFi thing, at least in Sync 2 cars is a thing that serves absolutely no purpose.
As Wattsup said - why the heck would you connect a hotspot to the car and then connect your devices to the car? Hotspots ALL allow multiple devices connected to them. And when you're sitting at home, why would you connect to the car instead of directly to your home network? If you have a limited number of connections allowed by your router - go spend $20 on an extender- or you have the wrong router and need an upgrade.
And to the OP - added security? I don't think Ford built in any kind of security on the car network. It isn't any more secure than the hotspot you are connecting to the car.
Remember: MFT/Sync 2 originally was Microsoft. All that came for the ride because its windows (networking, etc.). There was even plans to have a browser in the window but as the project got more and more behind and buggy more and more features were "decontented" such as the browser, hot spot.
The hotspot feature did work but you had to buy a separate USB cellular modem (e.g. the customer's $$) MFT would recognize it when you plugged it in and provide a hotspot for the car (thus providing a hotspot when connected to wifi isn't/wasn't the original intended idea--in fact I don't think that works because you're changing the wifi driver's mode to a hotspot; once you do that it cannot sync up with a wifi network).
Sync 3: There was an intent for you to get software updates via WiFi connection on sync 3, but again...it doesn't work.