Yea, you know what? I have no idea.
It makes no sense. Why would you want your hot tub to be a wi-fi hotspot? The amount of extra money you’d pay for that would certainly be far more than simply buying a general purpose wireless router that you could simply configure as an access point. You could even use it apart from the hot tub and move it anywhere you want. Imagine!
So like I said, I have no idea.
This seemed so silly that I had to look further into it.
This wouldn’t be the first time, and it won’t be the last, that I completely misunderstood. The hot tub doesn’t serve as an access point. Rather, it’s a wi-fi client connected to your existing wireless network. The benefit of this is that you can use your phone or tablet to ‘configure’ the hot tub. Do you want to crank up the water temperature and turn the pumps on from the comfort of your chair? No problem!
What I find completely bizarre is that one particular manufacturer believe that when they list “wi-fi connectivity” on the spec sheet, you’ll know exactly what it means. Indeed, that’s all they say about it on their web site. You have to read the product manual to understand what it really means.
It still seems ridiculous, but at least it makes sense.