Here’s something you may not have known: accessing the OnStar Wi-Fi Settings menu in General Motors vehicles equipped with OnStar 4G LTE will not only bring up the expected Wi-Fi setting such as the SSID and its associated password, but will now display the speed of the network to which the vehicle is connected (pictured).
For instance, vehicles connected to a 4G LTE network will read 4G LTE Internet connection in the Wi-Fi Settings menu. The same goes for vehicles connected to a 3G or 2G network. And, if a vehicle is out of reach of a network, the menu will read No Internet Connection.
To note, the network speed indicator was not present when customers began taking delivery of GM vehicles equipped with OnStar 4G LTE beginning in the summer of 2014. Instead, we learned that the change was delivered via an over-the-air update to vehicles equipped with the OnStar Generation 10 hardware, which is responsible for the high-speed 4G LTE connection as well as the associated in-vehicle Wi-Fi network.
Knowing the speed of the network to which the vehicle is connected is a welcome addition to the GM-OnStar 4G LTE service. But what would be even more useful — in our opinion — is a signal strength indicator, as seen on any cell phone from the beginning of cell phones. Would be great if that was delivered as an update in the near future, as well.