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Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by jasperandrews, Oct 4, 2011.
Does anyone know where I can get a bluetooth aerial for my ipad? Its to improve the gps reception.
Bluetooth and GPS are two entirely separate systems. The GPS antenna in the iPad is internal and there is no provision to connect an external antenna. The best way to improve reception is to position the iPad so that it has a 'clear' view of the sky. GPS requires the iPad to be able to 'see' a minimum of 3 (no altitude information) or 4 (altitude available) satellites. The receiver on the iPad is a 12-channel receiver so it can, theoretically, process the signals from 12 GPS satellites simultaneously. As far as the accuracy of the GPS positional information is concerned, the more satellites the better. At times even 3 or 4 satellites may be insufficient if their geometrical configuration with respect to the iPad is unfavourable.
Just to add.. Like the GPS antenna, the Bluetooth and WiFi antennas are also internal. There's no way to add an external Bluetooth antenna.
Maybe one of those Bad Elf addon gps receivers has better reception. I have no exerience with those though.
thanks guys. I am trying to use my ipad in an airplane (i am a pilot) and the gps signal drops out when its on my lap.
OK - welcome from a fellow pilot (Cessna C172). There are some problems using the iPad with its internal antenna that a number of fellow pilot Members have noticed. I don't use my iPad (I have a Garmin 486) but there appear to be difficulties using it at altitude, for some reason. Have a look at the various posts those Members have made to see their suggestions for resolving these issues.