Toyota RAV4 Hotspot car WiFi

Toyota Hotspot brings WiFi to your car

Toyota Hotspot, an in-car multi-media device that allows Toyota owners to connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices to the internet while on the move, has arrived on sale.

Similar in size to a home WiFi hub, the smart black box makes getting online easy – simply start the car, pair your smartphone, tablet or laptop to the unit and Toyota Hotspot will remember the device for future journeys.

The hotspot allows for multiple devices to be connected at once, meaning that drivers can stream music through digital services such as Spotify, while passengers can browse the web or stay in touch with friends on social media.

WiFi data is provided via a SIM card. The hotspot is equipped with a SIM card reader, giving owners a choice of data plan and provider for the device.

The fitment of two 3G antennae mean that WiFi is available at high speeds, and the system can cope with even the harshest conditions, remaining fully operational at temperatures twenty below freezing. A three-year warranty provides further piece of mind.

Toyota Hotspot is available as a dealer-fit accessory from Toyota dealers (dependent on availability) for £350 including fitting on the following models:

Auris (2012 – Current)
Avensis (2011 – Current)
Prius (2011 – Current)
Prius+ (2011 – Current)
Prius Plug In (2012 – Current)
Proace (2013)
RAV4 (2012 – Current)
Verso (2012 – Current)

Fitment time is approximately one hour and there are plans for a range-wide rollout of the kit in the future.

Read more about Toyota’s range of accessories here.


Comments (49)

  1. All your advertising suggests that “Hotspot” is available for all current Toyota models. When I ask my dealer to fit the system on my MY17 Rav4 Hybrid they tell me Hotspot is not available for my car. Could you please advise
    Many Thanks
    Geoff Sheard

    1. Hi Geoff,
      The WiFi Hotspot has been removed from most brochures and the website. The product was discontinued because it was a 2G/3G product, which meant it had fallen behind in terms of available speeds. A new 4G product is being developed with more services but at this moment in time we have no information on when this will be available. Hope this helps.

    2. I had a Toyota Hotspot factory fitted in my new Auris last year – I have yet to find a data only SIM which I was told by the garage was necessary. So basically this has never worked and does not look like ever working – am I entitled to a refund ????

      1. Hi Judy,
        We’re sorry to hear you’re having trouble. We would have to suggest speaking to Toyota customer relations about this issue, they will be able to best advise you in this situation.

  2. The question “Can the Hot Spot Device handle 4G” was asked in 2013 and the answer was going to be be known later in 2014. It is now 2016, is there an answer to this question ?

    1. Hi Adrian,
      Thanks for your post. Sadly the Toyota Hotspot still doesn’t handle 4G and can only support 3G connections. An alternative to this Hotspot is: tethering the phone to the vehicle and use it for Connected Services. This will then use the phone SIM card and depending on the signal/area, it may allow 4G speeds. However, we would advise contacting your local dealer if you need any assistance with this accessory. They will be able to support your further. Hope this helps. Many thanks!

  3. I have a Toyota Icon (Land Cruiser) with the WiFi fitted, I have issues connecting Via Bluetooth with my Blackberry sometimes works sometimes not (not withstanding coverage of course) bottom line is its temperamental, you mentioned in an earlier post that the touch and go can link direct to the WiFi, if so how as tethering is a bit touch and go (excuse the pun).


    1. Hi Mike
      Thanks for your post. Sorry you have experienced some problems connecting via Bluetooth.
      We did check this further with our accessories team who have advised that only Touch 2 with Go Plus has the feature to link directly to the WiFi, but we are not sure whether this is the specification of your Land Cruiser. We hope this helps clarify but please let us know if you have any other questions.

  4. hai
    i have Toyota prius 2011
    is that possible hotspot wifi and also just conect with my mobile wifi ,not special simcard.
    thanks with regards
    and you see al of apps in touchscreen?

    1. Hi Reza
      Thanks for your post.
      We have double checked this with our accessories team and they have advised that the wifi hotspot requires a dedicated sim card for it to function – you cannot use a tethered mobile phone to provide the WIFI signal. The hotspot operates independently to the Touch system and therefore will not display any apps on the screen or any other information. The only link between the two is where you would like to use the hotspot to provide the data connection for Touch and GO to allow the additional functionality on the navigation to work.
      We hope this helps answer your question.

  5. I have major problems with this hotspot unit i have to phone vodaphone every few weeks as it seems no one knows how to supply a contract for data only,i have topped up a pay as you go
    sim which works for i month and then stops i have visited a vodaphone shop twice,but am unable to find anyone in the vodaphone shop who has a clue on setting this up.
    i phone customer services every month only to be passed around India,with assurances it will all work ,only to find after a few weeks it stops working.
    does anyone know a pay as you go OR contract which will work(NOT VODAPHONE PLEASE)
    as i cant bear to phone for the twentieth time

    1. Hi Steve
      Thanks for your post and we did run this past our accessories team.
      Not so straight forward as we only support the hardware rather than the the data contracts but we have posted in case there are any other suggestions out there.

  6. I actually need to know if with a standard sim card in the hotspot system I will be able to use the connected services through Touch &Go Plus. If so, I also want you to inform me if contacts saved in the sim card get automatically into the car device.
    Thanks so much

    1. Hi Ialba
      Thanks for your post and sorry for the delay in replying.
      We needed to check this with the accessories team who have basically confirmed yes you will be able to use connected services through Touch & Go Plus with a standard sim card and the contacts will be saved automatically.
      Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other queries

  7. I have the Toyota hotspot fitted in my Rava. Why can’t the hotspot communicate with the touch and go plus? The dealership told me I need my mobile for the touch and Go, which seems stupid to me.

    1. Hello Keith
      Thanks for your post and we apologise for the delay in contacting you.
      We had to double check this with our tech team who have advised that to access connected services through Touch & Go Plus you will either need to tether the system to your phone (with data) or you can connect to the wifi hotspot, but again you would need a data card in the hotspot system for this to work.
      Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other queries.

  8. I have an Auris Excel Sport on order with WiFi. I want to sort a data sim contract as soon as possible. Does the latest system use standard sim cards on he smaller one?

  9. Hi,

    The Vodafone card doesn’t work for me. One of the two lights on the router remains red.

    Then I bought a giffgaff card but that doesn’t work either; apparently one needs to set up the internet settings on the device. How do I do this in the car?

    Toyota says that we’re free to choose our own SIM but that’s not actually the case.

    Should I be setting the SIM card to receive data? If so, is there some place in the touch and go or somewhere else where I can do this?

    What are the official SIM cards that Toyota recommends that work out of the box (excluding Vodafone which clearly isn’t)?

    Is the Wifi hotspot system covered by the 5 years warranty? If the SIM doesn’t work, can I take it to the dealer and have them to check it out?

    1. Hi Marco,
      Thanks for your post and apologies for the late response.
      If the green wifi light is on then the hardware is working. If the red light is on then this indicates a data issue.
      The setup process should be straight forward with a data ready sim, you simply need to insert the sim card and it should connect automatically.
      Vodafone was affiliated with the launch of the Toyota HotSpot, although the device is not restricted to this network and is compatible with sim cards from any provider.

      Our technical team have advised the following process of which should resolve your issue:
      – Turn the hotspot off for at least 5 minutes.
      – Turn the HotSpot back on.
      – Select the HotSpot from your wifi connections list and enter the network key, which can be found on the reference card that accompanies the device.
      – You should then be connected to the HotSpot. This will be indicated by 2 green lights.

      The HotSpot is covered by a 3 year warrantee. If the process displayed above does not resolve your issue, we agree that visiting your local Toyota Dealer will be the best option. Our technical team can assist your local Dealer if needed.
      Do let us know if you have any further questions.

  10. David

    Thanks for the quick response – an issue for brochure and dealer clarity perhaps, where the implication is that you need ‘simply’ supply a SIM card? Talking of which, my insurance company seems to understand that an alarm is fitted as standard, but I can’t find confirmation or otherwise anywhere?

    1. Hello Andrew
      Thanks for your post and I have passed on this further information for clarity. With regard to the new Auris all grades of vehicle have remote central double locking, transponder key with engine immobiliser and vehicle parts marking with major parts traceable to the VIN (chassis) number.
      Keep us posted on how you get on when you take delivery of your new car.

  11. I am buying an Auris next month. The brochure does not show Hotspot as a charged-for accessory but neither is it shown as part of the spec for any grade. Is the dealer being bashful about presenting me a bill for another £350 when I collect the car?

    1. Hi Andrew
      Thanks for your post and we would recommend that you query this with your dealer. The WiFi is an accessory and therefore does incur an additional charge.
      Hope this helps.

  12. Hi again,
    I have another question. What type of 3G connections is the wifi hotspot capable of?
    Is it just the basic 3G, or also H and H+, which are also 3G but fall short of full 4G?

    1. Hello Jonathan
      Thanks for your post and sorry for the delay in replying. We had to check these specs further with our European office. The answer is that the units are 3G and the faster H/H+ compatible (HSPA).
      Hope this helps but let us know if you have any other queries.

  13. Hello. I saw this advertised at a local toyota dealer today and quite like the idea. Once installed, will the box or the antennae be visible, either inside or outside of the car? And arethe antennae, if visible, sturdy enough for the car wash?

    1. Hi Johnathan,
      The dual antenna is windscreen mounted with no external protrusion, so you’re able to take your car through a car wash without removal. The hot spot is located out of site in either the glove box or centre armrest (model dependant).
      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Tristan
      Thanks for your post.
      Currently this unit cannot handle 4G however this is currently under review. Will have more news mid next year.
      Hope this helps.

    1. Hello Faplinck
      Thanks for your post and sorry for the delay in replying. A standard simcard is required and measurement details will be through shortly but hope this helps for now.
      Best wishes

  14. If I fit WiFi to my Land Cruiser can it link to one of my current home Broadband suppliers, BT, and will there be an additional monthly charge if I stay within my current download package?

    1. Hi Nicholas,
      We’d recommend speaking directly with your supplier. It may well be that they can provide you with a dongle, but we can’t say at what charge.
      Hope this helps.

  15. I have a question on this. I have the system currently installed on my new Auris Hybrid Sports Touring. It came with a free vodaphone simcard. I stay in the Highlands of Scotland and the signal is constantly 2G and not 3G. Ive paid £350 for this system and its been a complete waste of money so far.

    Is the speed subject to the quality of data coverage by the provider. If so I would like to know which provider gives you the best signal for my area. Im doing a 20 miles drive along the A96 between Nairn and Inverness and get 2G signal which does not allow me to stream any music from Spotify like the sales blurb says you can.

    Unless im doing something DRASTICALLY wrong it doesn’t seem value for money

    1. Hi Craig,
      Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      The system will receive the strongest, most reliable internet signal available, which means the box performs to the limits of the data service in any particular area. We’re unable to guarantee the signal around the UK, however the system will work with the SIM card to receive the best possible service. It may be that another provider offers better signal along your journey and our recommendation would be to assess other providers as they may have better signal. Do contact your Local Dealer as they’ll be able to offer some assistance.
      We’re sorry that you’re not currently getting a strong signal as you’d like however it will be worth considering a different SIM card which may offer a solution.
      Many thanks and kind regards.

    1. Hi Simon,
      Thank you for getting in touch with us.
      WiFi data is provided via a SIM card and the hotspot is equipped with a SIM card reader. You are free to choose your own data provider. You will need to visit a data provider branch and agree a monthly contract for data allowance, and insert this SIM into the Toyota Hotspot.
      Many thanks.

    1. Hi,
      Hotspot isn’t available on the Yaris yet, but there are plans for a range-wide roll-out in the future & 4G integration.

    1. Hi Guy,
      Thank you for contacting us.
      You’re right, these products are available, but are not truly comparable with our system, which is automotive grade, hard wired solution with dual antenna. The dual antenna is significant because it allows consistent transfer speeds when the vehicle is in motion. Systems like the attached link and “Mifi” units replicate the same functionality of a smart phone with data access/tethering.
      The Toyota system comes with a 3 year warranty.
      Many thanks.

    1. Hi James,
      We can confirm it works on any UK network. You would just need to ensure your agreement allows internet access.
      Hope this helps.

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