3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 10, 2012 3:16 AM by Julian Wright
raspberryaddiction Level 1 Level 1
expertise.iphone
iPhone

I can detect my other devices from Find my iphone app; (on my ipad) but for some reason my imac does not show up. I checked the proper box in icloud preference pane; whats up? If I sign out; to sign back in; it wants to delete all my notes....

 

any fix to get it to be recognized?

 

Thanks


iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion
Solved by raspberryaddiction on Aug 10, 2012 3:09 AM Solved

Yep that was it;was using ethernet; all fixed now. So does that mean if its stolen; and the thief uses an ethernet cable instead of WIFI the computer can't be located? Thats ridiculous....

Reply by Julian Wright on Aug 10, 2012 3:01 AM Helpful

Is your Mac on a WiFi network or Ethernet?

 

It needs to be on WiFi for the location feature to work as that is how it triangulates the position - using the known location of nearby WiFi networks.

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  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7

    Is your Mac on a WiFi network or Ethernet?

     

    It needs to be on WiFi for the location feature to work as that is how it triangulates the position - using the known location of nearby WiFi networks.

  • raspberryaddiction Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Yep that was it;was using ethernet; all fixed now. So does that mean if its stolen; and the thief uses an ethernet cable instead of WIFI the computer can't be located? Thats ridiculous....

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7

    How else do you propose the computer's location is detected? Unlike iPhones, computers do not have GPS in them, and Ethernet networks cannot be detected wirelessly.

     

    You're are limited by the laws of physics and the available technology. Even Apple can't overcome those.

     

    If the computer is stolen all the thief needs to do is wipe it before connecting the the internet. There's nothing that a determined and tech savvy thief cannot bypass, one way or another.