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to add to my answer to mikedvzo's question, Porsche/ATT wifi is not available on your smartphone from, say from your driveway or house. you must be connected via your vehicle. The bean counters at Porsche figured this as a revenue loss.
I don’t think it works this way on the new redisgn vehicles my understanding is they haven’t retrofitted the older vehicles or upgraded there Systmes to work directly with Porsche connect but I could be wrong
 

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on another subject...does anyone know how to turn off the 3 cylinder mode on the 4.0 NA engine?
If you turn off the start stop function is supposed to disable the adaptive cylinder control. That happens automatically when you put it into sport mode. I haven’t really noticed it myself but I’ve only put 300 miles on my car. Here is the technical write up from Porsche:


Adaptive cylinder control
A special innovation to reduce exhaust emissions and fuel consumption is the adaptive cylinder control. At engine speeds of between 1,600 and 3,000 rpm and a load request of up to a maximum torque of 100 Nm, it temporarily interrupts the injection process of one of the two engine banks, and the six-cylinder engine temporarily operates in three-cylinder mode. At constant load, the cylinder bank is changed every 20 seconds to ensure a uniform load and flow through the catalytic converters. With the exception of a slightly different sound profile, this switching back and forth goes unnoticed by the driver. The effect, however, is palpable: the adaptive cylinder control can reduce the CO2emissions by around 11 grams per kilometre. It can be deactivated together with the start/stop function, which is featured for the first time in the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder.
 

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But correct me if I’m wrong according to what user Rjzey said. Porsch Connect not porsch car connect only works with AT&T when you’re in the actual car on the Porsche Wi-Fi hotspot?
No, not really. Porsche Connect (the Vodafone-sold service that lets you see where the car is and such) requires an activated LTE modem in the car. When you sign up for it they can take care of that - but you don't get to use the hotspot to talk to the Internet. If you want to do that then that's what the $20/mo with AT&T is for. I have that mostly because I use an Escort Max360c and I like not having to use the phone as a hotspot for that.
 

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I don't have an ATT card, I have a T-Mobile one inserted in the physical slot for SIM cards. I get data through it.

I don't pay any subscription to the Porsche/ATT alliance, or a subscription to Porsche for NAV (I got NAV but does not get updated, I don't get Google search etc. I don't care enough for those to pay the subscription).

I pay a subscription to Vodafone for the Porsche Car Connect for Geofencing, Find my car etc but not for security.

I get a Porsche WLAN and can connect my iPhone and the Porsche Connect app to it. I can transfer Favorite destinations from the phone to the NAV, but I rarely do. Best way to get yourself killed doing it on the freeway, other than driving off a cliff...

I am using CarPlay with Google Maps and Waze instead.

I can Find my Car, have a route plotted on where to find it, honk its horn, flash its lights with Porsche Car Connect. It will not lock/unlock the doors in the US, my understanding is that this is a US thing.

My Cayman S is a MY2018.
 

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No, not really. Porsche Connect (the Vodafone-sold service that lets you see where the car is and such) requires an activated LTE modem in the car. When you sign up for it they can take care of that - but you don't get to use the hotspot to talk to the Internet. If you want to do that then that's what the $20/mo with AT&T is for. I have that mostly because I use an Escort Max360c and I like not having to use the phone as a hotspot for that.
I was thinking about that since I have an Escort 360C redline on backorder but what is it I need the Wifi for that I cannot do when I get home to my house. I know that it does automatic updates from other vehicles but most people seem to think and I have to agree Waze is a much more extensive user DB than Escort and there is not much need for this feature. Just trying to see if it is worth the trouble and money for an AT&T cell service.
 

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You can only acccess Porsche ATT through the "My Porsche" website online. First you must regisiter then you will find a window if you scroll down for Porsche Connect Store
Back to square one again. If I click on the link to the Porsche Connect Store it says "No vehicle has been added yet for your Porsche ID." If I try and add my vehicle it says "A vehicle with this vehicle identification number already exists in your Porsche ID account." If I click on overview of my services it says "The selected vehicle does not have Porsche Connect. You therefore cannot use any Porsche Connect Services." 🤪
 

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I don't have an ATT card, I have a T-Mobile one inserted in the physical slot for SIM cards. I get data through it.

I don't pay any subscription to the Porsche/ATT alliance, or a subscription to Porsche for NAV (I got NAV but does not get updated, I don't get Google search etc. I don't care enough for those to pay the subscription).

I pay a subscription to Vodafone for the Porsche Car Connect for Geofencing, Find my car etc but not for security.

I get a Porsche WLAN and can connect my iPhone and the Porsche Connect app to it. I can transfer Favorite destinations from the phone to the NAV, but I rarely do. Best way to get yourself killed doing it on the freeway, other than driving off a cliff...

I am using CarPlay with Google Maps and Waze instead.

I can Find my Car, have a route plotted on where to find it, honk its horn, flash its lights with Porsche Car Connect. It will not lock/unlock the doors in the US, my understanding is that this is a US thing.

My Cayman S is a MY2018.
After reading this I think I am out of luck and you cannot get Porsche Connect if you did not pay for NAV, Does anyone out there use Porsche Connect on a car that does not have NAV.

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After reading this I think I am out of luck and you cannot get Porsche Connect if you did not pay for NAV, Does anyone out there use Porsche Connect on a car that does not have NAV.

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Back to square one again. If I click on the link to the Porsche Connect Store it says "No vehicle has been added yet for your Porsche ID." If I try and add my vehicle it says "A vehicle with this vehicle identification number already exists in your Porsche ID account." If I click on overview of my services it says "The selected vehicle does not have Porsche Connect. You therefore cannot use any Porsche Connect Services." 🤪
Just read this on a forum and am pretty certain it is correct. Cannot believe they do not advertise this better: "Yes you can. I ordered mine with Apple Car Play and no nav. Obviously you can use your iPhone for the nav if you don't have nav. The problem is you don't get the Porsche Connect. So I decided it was not important."

Even better from the configurator: "Navigation including Porsche Connect"
 

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That is correct. I know there are many Cons, the big Pro is that you can run your smart phone and apps like Waze using Porsche/ATT wifi especially where there is limited cell service.
I think what you’re experiencing is the fact that Waze and Google maps and Apple Maps all download off-line that data so that even though you lose cellular service you continue to navigate. If you lose cell service it doesn’t matter if you have a Sim card in your phone or a Sim card in your car you still gonna lose service. Not sure if the Porsche supports 5G but that doesn’t matter either to be honest. I try to tell people that all the time at 5G actually has poor coverage and falls back to 4G when coverage is spotty.
 

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...Obviously you can use your iPhone for the nav if you don't have nav. The problem is you don't get the Porsche Connect. ...
If you don't have NAV, Porsche Connect will not be of any use to you. Its only use is to add preselected waypoints (Favorites) to the NAV.

Do not confuse Porsche Connect with the (Vodafone) Porsche Car Connect.
 

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If you don't have NAV, Porsche Connect will not be of any use to you. Its only use is to add preselected waypoints (Favorites) to the NAV.

Do not confuse Porsche Connect with the (Vodafone) Porsche Car Connect.
I FORGOT ABOUT THAT KEY POINT. I have the navigation and porsche car connect installed. This clears much confusion. TY DriveInHouston
 

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I was thinking about that since I have an Escort 360C redline on backorder but what is it I need the Wifi for that I cannot do when I get home to my house. I know that it does automatic updates from other vehicles but most people seem to think and I have to agree Waze is a much more extensive user DB than Escort and there is not much need for this feature. Just trying to see if it is worth the trouble and money for an AT&T cell service.
But if you have the detector connected to the car wifi you get the best of both worlds. Your RD is reporting to the cloud and getting alerts from the cloud while you can run Waze on CarPlay.
 

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But if you have the detector connected to the car wifi you get the best of both worlds. Your RD is reporting to the cloud and getting alerts from the cloud while you can run Waze on CarPlay.
Thanks, I may just turn on the WiFi hotspot on my iPhone since I have a corporate plan 😎. When I called the Porsche Agent seemed to think there is a way to get an AT&T WiFi hotspot along with some free Porsche Connect Services in my car although I did not order Navigation with Porsche Connect. I am skeptical, to say the least after all I have read but am waiting for a supervisor to call me back. Probably will not bother since I have it on my phone already.

Thanks, everyone for all the feedback and info!!
 

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So I just got a new 2021 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and I do not have NAV and use Apple Carplay. The only real features I need on PCC are the ability to lock my doors and locate my car and check things like tire pressure. I have a Mercedes and that is all I really use it for. However, I want notifications if I leave the car unlocked.

I have notifications turned on in the APP but have not received any. I am skeptical of them working since the Vodafone App does not register with Apple notifications. This is clearly visible from the fact you cannot set them in iPhone/Settings/Notifications. I noticed that App has not been updated by Vodafone in 2 years

Any insight is much appreciated so I do not spin my wheels for naught. Thx
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That is part of Porsche Connect which you need navigation.
 

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I just renewed Car Connect online. After many emails and phone calls Vodafone let me in on the secret that you can’t do it using Safari.
 

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Thanks, I may just turn on the WiFi hotspot on my iPhone since I have a corporate plan 😎. When I called the Porsche Agent seemed to think there is a way to get an AT&T WiFi hotspot along with some free Porsche Connect Services in my car although I did not order Navigation with Porsche Connect. I am skeptical, to say the least after all I have read but am waiting for a supervisor to call me back. Probably will not bother since I have it on my phone already.

Thanks, everyone for all the feedback and info!!
UPDATE: Just spoke to Escort about my Redline 360C. There is no need to have WiFi with a Escort Radar detector. The rep said there is no lost functionality of using Bluetooth and not WiFi, and in fact he does not pay for a hotspot and just connects his Escort to his home WiFi. The only thing you get over Wifi is Firmware updates which is why he connects to his home WiFi.
 
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