4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 1:17 AM by cwaxe
Bigbloke1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have just purchased a Tenda w308r wireless router and since installing it I have encountered issues with the location services, I show up as being in Vietnam not the UK. It would appear from various forums that it is a well documented issue bought about by the iPad not having access to 3G services, and as informed on one site I went to the Skyhook site to update my router details and router location.

 

At first it seemed to address the issue but alas the problem seems to have returned. If I tether the iPad to my iPhone 4 the problem is resolved, connect back to the router back to square one.

 

I have contacted Tenda and still await their reply. Does anyone know of a fix or patch to cure this issue apart from throwing out a brand new router


iPad 2, iOS 6.1, Tenda w308r router
  • 1. Re: Tenda w308r router not showing correct location on Facebook using wifi ipad
    JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (23,635 points)

    If you have the WiFi-only iPad your location is determined by the location of nearby WiFi routers. This is done by using a Apple location database which contains the MAC addresses of routers and their physical location. Apple has its own database. The Skyhook database has not been used in almost 3 years. A MAC address is a unique number which is built-in to all network devices when manufactured. The Apple database is built and updated by GPS-enabled devices (iPhones primarily) actually seeing your router and then adding/updating the router's location in the database.

     

    Bottom line: Your Router is not yet properly in the Apple location database. It hasn't been seen yet at its current location and added to the database. There isn't any problem with your router or your iPad.

  • 2. Re: Tenda w308r router not showing correct location on Facebook using wifi ipad
    Bigbloke1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your reply

     

    I pretty much understand what you have said up to a point, what have yet to understand is how or what needs to be done to get the router added to the database? Is it a time over use process with the GPS devices instigating the addition or is there some other way of actually registering the router with Apple?

  • 3. Re: Tenda w308r router not showing correct location on Facebook using wifi ipad
    JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (23,635 points)

    There is no Apple user interface to add router locations to the database. The router has to be seen by iPhones or GPS-enabled iPads. The iPhone or iPad knows the location and transmits this location & router MAC address to Apple.

  • 4. Re: Tenda w308r router not showing correct location on Facebook using wifi ipad
    cwaxe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem since about two weeks. I moved my router from another city.

    Does anybody know, how long it takes until the database is updated?

    As long as i'm in the building an i have no GPS signal i'm shown on the map at the routers old location. As soon as i go outside an i have the GPS signal, the correct location is shown on the map.

    I have done that for 20 times right now but the wifi location database has not changed yet.

     

    Thanks a lot.