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    Location with WIFI only

    I read quite a few different places that location would work (at least a little) off wifi. I cannot get my wifi only to get a position at all. I find it very frustrating to not even be able to manually tell it were I am. There are many apps that need location services to work. Am I just missing something, can anyone help? Before someone says tether your iPhone, I don't have one. I have a droid, I really wanted an iPad (and still do) I am just hoping I'm suffering from a learning curve. This is my first Mac device I am sorry to say so forgive my ignorance if that is my problem.

    Thanks everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSD333 View Post
    I read quite a few different places that location would work (at least a little) off wifi. I cannot get my wifi only to get a position at all. I find it very frustrating to not even be able to manually tell it were I am. There are many apps that need location services to work. Am I just missing something, can anyone help? Before someone says tether your iPhone, I don't have one. I have a droid, I really wanted an iPad (and still do) I am just hoping I'm suffering from a learning curve. This is my first Mac device I am sorry to say so forgive my ignorance if that is my problem.

    Thanks everyone
    Welcome to the Forum.

    As you know, only the 3G iPad has GPS because the functionality for this is physically on the same chip in the iPad as 3G. However, as you rightly point out, it is possible for the iPad to retrieve some positional information from WiFi. However, it can only do that, of course (a) if WiFi is available and (b) if the location of the WiFi equipment is known.

    So, in an urban area, where there are many WiFi hotspots, this will probably work OK because the location of these hotspots will be available to the iPad if the iPad is logged in to one of them and, because it's a commercial hotspot, its location resides in a central database.

    This, however, would not be the case with your domestic WiFi - that WiFi has no way of knowing its location and probably that location has never been registered centrally.

    There are now a number of external GPS modules that you can purchase that fit into the docking connector on the iPad that can provide GPS locations to non-GPS iPads. I mention this because, even if you were to use your iPad with location-based services successfully in an urban area, this would clearly not be successful in a rural area where there's not WiFi available.

    If you'd like more information on these add-on units, I'd be happy to send you some links.

    Tim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim SPRACKLEN

    Welcome to the Forum.

    As you know, only the 3G iPad has GPS because the functionality for this is physically on the same chip in the iPad as 3G. However, as you rightly point out, it is possible for the iPad to retrieve some positional information from WiFi. However, it can only do that, of course (a) if WiFi is available and (b) if the location of the WiFi equipment is known.

    So, in an urban area, where there are many WiFi hotspots, this will probably work OK because the location of these hotspots will be available to the iPad if the iPad is logged in to one of them and, because it's a commercial hotspot, its location resides in a central database.

    This, however, would not be the case with your domestic WiFi - that WiFi has no way of knowing its location and probably that location has never been registered centrally.

    There are now a number of external GPS modules that you can purchase that fit into the docking connector on the iPad that can provide GPS locations to non-GPS iPads. I mention this because, even if you were to use your iPad with location-based services successfully in an urban area, this would clearly not be successful in a rural area where there's not WiFi available.

    If you'd like more information on these add-on units, I'd be happy to send you some links.

    Tim
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    I'd like the links

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    Your wish is my command....

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Elf-Receiver-iPhone-66-channel/dp/B0035Y7ZJ2/]Amazon.com: Bad Elf GPS Receiver for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad (66-channel, SBAS/WAAS, 10Hz): Electronics[/ame]

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    Thanks Tim I will check them out. I have a couple more question...
    Can I some how "tell" the pad were I am via maps or some other app?
    Can I register my router somehow to make it "show" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSD333 View Post
    Thanks Tim I will check them out. I have a couple more question...
    Can I some how "tell" the pad were I am via maps or some other app?
    Can I register my router somehow to make it "show" ?
    The easiest way is to register your router. You can do it here....

    Skyhook: How It Works > Submit Wi-Fi AP

    Don't hesitate to get back to us if there are any problems....

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    Done, router registered. Thanks again
    Now I just need to wait for it to enter the system.

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    Several other Forum members have been asking about this, so I'd be very interested in your experience. Does it work in this domestic setting? How accurately does it locate your iPad? How long does it take for your settings to enter the system!

    Your are the pathfinder!!

    Tim
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    I will keep you updated.

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    Here is what I got after registering (I will let you know if and when it starts working):


    Thank you for submitting a Wireless Access Point to Skyhook Wireless. The following information has been received and will be processed shortly:

    (I removed this part)


    It can take up to a few weeks before you see your Access Point in some of our production systems. In the mean time you can download Loki to start using Skyhook's Wi-Fi Positioning System on your laptop or desktop. Go to http://loki.com/download to start using Loki today.

    Happy Mapping!

    The Skyhook Team

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