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Add more flexibility to location management with a free app
Authored by: llee on May 05, '10 10:28:54AM
I contributed to early development of the interface of a similar application (LocationChanger), but I have exactly 4 routine locations in network settings, and I've yet to be able to configure one of the several applications that I've tried (including MarcoPolo and Locamatic) so that I could a) keep airport turned on when it is needed, off when it is not (that setting is designated for each of the locations), and b) detect and switch to the correct location. The 4 locations are home ethernet, home wireless, work ethernet, and work wireless. Would Airport Location be able to accomplish that for me? Thanks.

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Add more flexibility to location management with a free app
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on May 05, '10 05:18:21PM

Yes, but there's a caveat.

AL can set your OSX Network Location (just set which one you want and then take a Snapshot) based on your laptop's physical location.

However...

If your network locations turn your Airport card off, AL will not be able to detect where you are next time the laptop is awakened because it uses wifi to determine your location.

I WILL add in a future release the option to determine your location with ethernet, which would then permit the Airport card to be turned off.

Give it a try, and let me know how it goes - through email I can find a solution that'll hopefully address your needs.

airportlocation at gmail dot com.

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Easier location-based computing: with Airport Location, app for 10.6. It's an early Beta, so please report bugs!

http://airportlocation.blogspot.com



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Add more flexibility to location management with a free app
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on May 06, '10 12:22:10AM

I added ethernet functionality tonight. Check it out and see if it fits your needs!

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Easier location-based computing: with Airport Location, app for 10.6. It's an early Beta, so please report bugs!

http://airportlocation.blogspot.com



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Add more flexibility to location management with a free app
Authored by: llee on May 06, '10 07:32:06AM

Thanks!

I couldn't get the location switch to occur automatically with current settings simply by adding the airport interface to the ethernet locations, plugging in the ethernet cable, manually switching locations, then choosing Fix misidentified location in Airport Location's Settings menu, so I plan to remove all settings established under the previous version and start over.

Assuming that I add the airport interface to both ethernet locations and add the ethernet interface to both wi-fi locations, should I expect Airport Location to detect the change in ethernet status then switch to the wi-fi location that corresponds to the wi-fi network that was present while ethernet was being used? Can I expect Airport Location to turn airport on, insure that the correct location is selected, then turn airport off again if successful ethernet is detected, and later, when ethernet is disconnected, perform the same routine with the exception of maintaining the airport connection instead of turning it off? Thanks again.



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Add more flexibility to location management with a free app
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on May 06, '10 09:33:05AM

Ah - I see.

Currently the "automatic" location detection occurs on wake or startup. I definitely will add a feature that monitors network connections in a future release, but if you expect that AL will auto detect it... not just yet. :-). Still beta, trying to work out the kinks and and make it nice a polished.

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Easier location-based computing: with Airport Location, app for 10.6. It's an early Beta, so please report bugs!

http://airportlocation.blogspot.com



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