Introduction: Echo Dot and Wifi for Your Car
You NEED a smart car right?
This able will teach you how to set up a mobile hotspot and integrate Amazon's amazing digital assistant Alexa into your vehicle (1996 or newer combustible engine vehicle).
You'll need a mobile hot spot for your car, an Echo Dot, a way to power it (USB port), and a smartphone.
Stop by this website to make sure your car is compatible with the T-Mobile device I use.
If not don't fret, it's not the end of the road. I also successfully hooked up the Dot with my Iphone 6 mobile hotspot. Some newer cars also carry an AT&T hotspot baked in. I'm sure this option would work as well. Long story short, if there's internet and a way to connect your Dot via bluetooth or 3.5mm audio cable then you're good to go!
Step 1: Buy These.....
An Echo Dot and a Mobile Hotspot. I just so happened to buy a T-Mobile Sync Up Drive 4G LTE but you can do this with any mobile internet device (integrated or otherwise).
I also required a cigarette lighter USB power adapter to power the Dot. Quick note: A "connected to the stereo" USB device failed to power my Echo Dot. I needed a true external power plug.
Step 2: Download the Apps
You went out and bought your Dot and Hotspot, now you need the apps to control them.
Head to the app store in your mobile phone and download these guys to get started.
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Step 3: Install Your Internet
This nifty little guy plugs into your car's standard OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) port.
You can find them hanging out underneath your dashboard typically within a couple of feet of your steering wheel column.
Just plug and play....the device lit up with 2 green lights to indicate power and internet broadcast.
I then started the sync up drive app to sync the 2. After that I changed my hotspot name and password in the setting tab to keep things safe.
With the internet up it's time to rock!
Step 4: Install & Connect the Echo Dot to the Internet
Start your car.....With your internet up and running you need to plug in your Dot to the USB port for power. Quick note: To the best of my knowledge if you have a USB port that runs directly to your stereo unit it will not recognize information as this is strictly a power port on the Dot, no data is fed through. That being said I used a cigarette lighter USB adapter to power her on. She just so happened to slip perfectly into a cup holder and looks almost integrated into the interior.....cool bonus!
When she has power launch the "Alexa" app on your smartphone to start setting her up. Once launched find the home 3 bar symbol to find the "settings" tab. Click settings and it'll bring you into a devices menu. I own a ton of Amazon devices so they are all listed. If you only own this Dot, it'll be easy to find her. Click the device and it'll bring you into another menu with the option to set up your wifi connection & bluetooth. Follow the on-screen instructions to successfully set up your internet connection.
Step 5: Connect the Dot to Your Stereo Via Bluetooth or 3.5
Your Dot needs to talk to your stereo....by one of these two (2) methods.
I have Bluetooth in my stereo....lucky me.....If you don't have Bluetooth, I hope you have an Aux 3.5 jack. If that's the case, plug a cord to connect and find the right input on the head unit. Problem easily solved.
If you have Bluetooth it'll take a little more work. Start your car and while Alexa is booting find the Bluetooth pairing mode on your stereo to connect the two. My 1st gen Dot connected without me having to do this extra step. The 2nd gen just doesn't seem to play ball in a similar way.
Once they're "speaking" the same language with your Dot connected to your hotspot and connected to your car you are ready to rock!
Step 6: Have Fun and Be Safer!
Technology is awesome. A simple answer as to why you should do this is......It's safer.
Eliminate distractions. Never take your eyes off the road to change a song. You don't have to check your calendar visually any longer. Have the traffic and news read to you while you drive. Expand your music selection instantly with Pandora, Spotify, Amazon music to name a few. I'm sure our hero developers will start creating amazing tech for this solution once people start using it. Share to spread the word!!!
It's a no brainer. Nerdy...big time...next level? Hell yes!
Feel free to ask me if you have any questions or problems.