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Unread 08-09-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
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My eyes are failing me - I need a bigger screen to view maps on the go.

I tried using my iPhone as a hotspot for my iPad and using either Google Maps or the embedded Maps software that Apple supplies on the iPad.

I can pull up directions and see maps but the locator won't follow my position well, won't auto reroute and doesn't want to keep the tracking heading up the screen.

Am I doing something wrong or will this just not work?
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Unread 08-09-2016, 07:26 PM   #2
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My eyes are failing me - I need a bigger screen to view maps on the go.

I tried using my iPhone as a hotspot for my iPad and using either Google Maps or the embedded Maps software that Apple supplies on the iPad.

I can pull up directions and see maps but the locator won't follow my position well, won't auto reroute and doesn't want to keep the tracking heading up the screen.

Am I doing something wrong or will this just not work?
You've probably checked this already, but what are the location settings on the iPad? It sounds like the GPS antenna is turned off, and it's trying to use the location of your phone's internet signal. I'm not familiar with iPads, but it should be under "location services" in settings, or something similar.
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Have not tried with hotspot, but you may want to see if the iPad can get it's location on a normal wifi. Dont know if non cell iPads have gps build in.
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Wifi location isn't going to help you much on the trail, you need gps.
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The non-cellular iPads (WiFi only) have a GPS triangulation that can detect location. Apparently not as accurate as A-GPS found in the cellular iPads, but close.

I also understand that using my iPhone 5 as a Hotspot gives me access to the internet for the iPad using wifi. (this is tethering)

I am still confused why around town the iPad wont
- auto re-route
- wont track upwards

At this stage I'm just trying to get a bigger map view for cities and highways. Off road would be great but not my objective currently.

Thx
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The non-cellular iPads (WiFi only) have a GPS triangulation that can detect location. Apparently not as accurate as A-GPS found in the cellular iPads, but close.

I also understand that using my iPhone 5 as a Hotspot gives me access to the internet for the iPad using wifi. (this is tethering)

I am still confused why around town the iPad wont
- auto re-route
- wont track upwards

At this stage I'm just trying to get a bigger map view for cities and highways. Off road would be great but not my objective currently.

Thx
Not sure if I'm understanding you correctly, so sorry if this comes out wrong. I think the GPS is trying to use both your iPad's GPS antenna as well as the location being provided through the tethered connection of the phone. My guess is that it's getting confused between the two and that's why it's not tracking or orienting properly. Have you tried running it without being tethered to the phone, and only using the GPS signal provided by the iPad itself?

Side note: you probably know this already, but you can download areas on google maps for offline use, and therefore wouldn't need to be tethered to the phone for map usage. I recently did this on a trip to the mountains, and even in areas with zero cell service I was able to type in addresses and get accurate directions to places, all without cell service. The only thing missing is traffic data, but once you hit an area with cell service it will double-check itself and see if there's a faster route. You can download very large areas, just be aware they can take up a bit of storage space. Extremely useful though!
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I don't know, but suspect the GPS unit on the WiFi iPad is not that great and it is getting confused by the iPhone hotspot Wifi. You can try a different map app like Waze to see if that helps. Also perhaps check out some of the iOS forums to see if others have had similar issues and resolutions. Ideally an app that uses the iPad's display only and leverages the iPhone's location and Wifi (i.e navigate on the iPhone but just tethers the input and display on the iPad).

See this
http://www.larrytalkstech.com/add-gp...r-ipad-2-wifi/

Basically it seems the GPS on WiFi iPads may be crap at best.
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I use this plugged into my ipad https://bad-elf.com/pages/be-gps-1008-detail works great
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I use this plugged into my ipad https://bad-elf.com/pages/be-gps-1008-detail works great
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How and where did you mount your iPad?
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How and where did you mount your iPad?
I mounted mine like this:
(link in case the photo doesn't show up: https://imgur.com/a/jEJda)
I got this RAM mount https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and this iPad mount https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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