"Find My iPod" without Internet Access

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by DTxAg, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. DTxAg macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2011
    Long story short, my kid lost an iPod Touch outside at my in-laws' house. I have a portable router that I have set up with my home network's wireless credentials (which the iPod knows), and I can use my iPhone connected to the "home" network and see that the iPod connects to the network when I'm in the yard. But, I can't get the "Find My iPhone" function to work because I cannot connect the portable router to a wired Internet connection. If I try to sign into "Find My iPhone" from my iPhone, it won't login because it's trying to use the unconnected wireless network instead of 3G. Anybody have any idea how I could make this work? It's supposed to rain soon.
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    "Find my ____" is an internet based service. If you can't get online, it's not going to work.
  3. DTxAg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2011
    Any way to get the iPhone to use 3G to log into FindMyiPhone and then send the ping to the iPod over WiFi?
  4. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    It won't work because the iPod isn't connected to the internet. Why can't you go into the house and look around?
  5. DTxAg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2011
    Because it's not in the house, it's outside somewhere.
  6. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    No, it only works over the internet. You'll have to resort to searching around in the yard manually.
  7. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Plus it's ip based location tracking, and not accurate enough to pinpoint it in your yard.

    Plus it's probably rained already.
  8. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    He could have made it make a noise though, if he could get it onto the internet.

    Sorry to the OP at not being able to help with that bit, but I thought I'd point it out as a lot of people don't seem to bother with find my iPod in situations like this because it isn't accurate enough. They forget that you can make it make a noise.
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    If you got a router with amplified antenna you can try. But router has to be connected to the internet.

    It'll be more efficient for the kid to retrace his steps and bring a rake.
  10. DTxAg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2011
    Thanks anyway everyone. I had hoped to use the Find My iPod function to make it sound off, but it's probably soaked by now, so no point.
  11. jtara, Nov 7, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011

    jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    Soaked doesn't mean destroyed.

    Most electronics can be saved after a dunk.

    They key things are:

    - Through removing of contaminants. Pure water is NOT conductive, and will not cause shorts either when present or after dried-out. (When still present, pure water can present other problems, particularly in RF circuits, due to the different dielectric properties of water vs. air vs. any porous material the water has saturated.) And pure water isn't going to remain pure for very long once it's splashed off of the ground, and entered the case where there are probably already dry contaminants present. But, of course, rain water is not pure water. This is more of an issue, say, with sea water. If it's taken a dunk in the ocean, it needs to be throughly flushed. Yes, with water. Disassembly is probably required for a proper flush.

    So, you need to get rid of any contaminants that were introduced that will conduct between components. As well, some contaminants are corrosive, and the longer they remain, the more likely they are to cause destructive corrosion. You need to get rid of them.

    The biggest issue with rain water is likely acidity of the water. Otherwise, I think rainwater is pretty clean. Cleaner than tap water, anyway.

    - Throughly drying-out. Put in in a plastic bag full of rice, and/or those packets of desiccant "beads".

    "Find my iPhone" works over an Internet connect to Apple's servers. Your computer or iOS device does not talk to the device being "found" directly, but makes a request to Apple's server, which then contacts the device being sought. No Internet, no find.
  12. PhatboyNYC macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Ugh...so my wife was in Target tonight with my 3 year old son who had my ipod touch with him. He ended up dropping it somewhere in the store and my wife didn't notice until after they left. She went back and looked everywhere with no luck. :( I was really hoping whoever found it would be kind enough to return it but I guess not.

    Really sucks cause I just recently had my ipod touch replaced under warranty and renewed my Applecare for another 2 years.
  13. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
  14. Tatsuki34 macrumors newbie


    Dec 3, 2012
    Lost My iPod

    Okay so I have to manually put the Internet Access "NETGEAR" to use on my iPod Touch 4G because it doesn't automatically do it. I lost it and so I used iCloud on it last night, making it connected to the Internet and said that it was in my house upstairs. So I woke up this morning and went to go look for it but it wasn't any where to be seen. So I went on iCloud to make it play the sound for it and said it was offline.
    Does that mean it is off of the Internet Access?
    Is there any way I can put the Internet Access on my iPod from my Mac?

    Please help me! :confused: :confused: :confused:
  15. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    It could be offline because the battery is depleted. Sounds like you need to do a room-by-room search, checking under, behind, and in between whatever's in the room and the walls.

    Once you find it, try forgetting your network, then add your network name and password in the "other" section, then tell it to renew lease. That might cure it's memory problems with your network.
  16. fifiandfootsie macrumors newbie


    Jul 3, 2017
    Florida, USA
    And bing a rake haaha
  17. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015

    Same thing happened to be with my daughter but at Walmart. She lost an iPod touch I had just given her.
  18. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    Currently searching for my iPod touch 6... :rolleyes:

    I've looked everywhere! Had it about 3 months ago (yeah... I'm just now starting to worry) either someone stole it, or I misplaced it

    Wish I could eliminate some of my paranoia:
    1) Lost, at home
    2) Stolen
    3) Lost, not at home

    Would love to know if I could ever find it, obviously if it's stolen searching for a year wouldn't do anything (although might find enough hidden quarters around the house to purchase a new one)
  19. remolacha macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2017
    Ohhh such a story... once i had the same, and because of kids also)))

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