Wireless GPS


Anyone with a new wireless Garmin GPS, what’s your conclusions on these units, good or bad or not needed? Do they take a long time to download and install a map update?

Wireless GPS


I believe that you are referring specifically to the following Garmin units that have built-in Wi-Fi for easy map and software updates:

Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S

Garmin DriveAssist 51 LMT-S

Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S

Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S

I just bought a Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S last week. I wasn't able to update my software via wifi, BUT I don't think my unit was necessarily representative of all Garmins with built-in wifi. I simply connected a micro USB and updated with Garmin Express.

With regards to the time required to download and install a map update, I suspect that it might depend more on what speeds you typically get from your internet rather than a wifi vs. wired issue. I live in a DSL world at home. In that world is a wife and two sons who love to game. If my wife is streaming Netflix and both boys are gaming online, I probably won't consider internet intensive things at that time. My typical internet speed is under 27 Mbps. I plan to start an update before I go to bed and let it happen overnight.

If you are trying to decide if this feature alone is a must have for a future potential Garmin purchase, I wouldn't necessarily think that this feature alone is a game changer.

Or, to put this in a different way, if the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S that I bought last week didn't have built-in Wi-Fi, I still would have bought it.


Thanks for the reply Jim1348. Internet Speed for me is not an issue, I’m on 150 MB/s download. For the Garmin, it would depend on the units processor speed and memory. I’m deciding on whether it’s worth it to spend around $50 more for the 51 LMT-S.

Personally don't see the advantage.

I personally don't see much advantage to the wireless. The battery life on these newer devices is so short, you need to keep them plugged in to keep the charge up while downloading large map updates. So what do you really gain? I suppose for folks who have abandoned their computers and laptops and only use mobile devices, this gives them a way to update. But most people who are that deep into mobile probably use navigation apps instead of a Garmin device anyway.

Now, if Garmin had added some additional function to the wireless capability ... like a basic Internet browser, or being able interface with POI Loader and Basecamp for managing POI's, track logs, waypoints and routes, or adding the ability to manage the files on the device from the computer without plugging in, then I may have been interested.

There are a couple of other enhancements on the new models that may be worth consideration, but for me wireless is not one of them.

Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

My experience

When I first powered on my new DriveSmart 61, it informed me of an available update. I started a wireless update (I have 75mbps cable internet) which finished in about 7 hours.

Now, I don't know whether that's typical, but I intend to avoid wireless updates in the future!

Garmin Drivesmart 61, Nuvi 52, Nuvi 1390

That's pretty slow. My 3597,

That's pretty slow. My 3597, USB2, and a 10mb cable connection only takes 45-75 minutes to complete. the download finishes in a time comparable with a 2-3gb download, but the install period take-up 60-70% of the total time.

Frank DriveSmart55 37.322760, -79.511267