Stolen Mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mocman, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. mocman macrumors regular

    May 8, 2004
    Need to know if mac mini has a gps? I know on my phone or iPad the can trace it. Anyone know what options I have.
  2. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    It doesn't have GPS, but you can use Find my Mac to try and find where it is. (That's if it is connected to the internet.)
  3. mocman thread starter macrumors regular

    May 8, 2004
  4. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Just general. If in a highrise you would never be able to tell what floor.
  5. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    Find My Mac only works on Macs connected via WiFi. It does not work for computers that are connected via Ethernet and have WiFi turned off.
  6. SpinalTap macrumors regular


    Sep 25, 2003
    Bournville, UK
  7. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
  8. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    That support article is about iCloud in general, not the Find My Mac specific functionality.

    Yes, wired Ethernet will provide access to iCloud, but not Find My Mac (unless WiFi is also turned on).

    Same thing for using Apple Maps. You can use it fine on wired Ethernet, however you won't be able to locate yourself on Apple Maps unless you turn on WiFi.

    Try it yourself.
  9. scbond macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2010
    Nottingham, UK
    Your best bet is to notify the police and then let-go. Hope you aren't in the UK if you do report it to the police though lol.
  10. mocman thread starter macrumors regular

    May 8, 2004
  11. ahpiang007 macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2012
    2nd that, tested and proven find my mac and location services works with wifi only.
  12. LucasLand macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    ;ogin to and click on find my iPhone. see if your mac mini is listed. if it is, when they connect to the internet if gives you options to "erase" the mini and then "lock" it too.

    Then i would report it stolen. see if you can report it stolen to apple with your serial number, that way when thief tries to bring it to apple to "unlock", maybe they will help you
  13. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Why would it only work for wifi? That makes less than no sense to me.
  14. raniel macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
  15. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    Again, the support document linked above refers to iCloud services in general, not specifically about the Find My Mac service.

    Apple's OS X implementation of Location Services relies on WiFi triangulation as Macs don't have cellular circuitry or GPS chips. It appears that Apple is choosing not to use IP address for geolocation (which can probably give misleading information, and wouldn't work on a large subnet of systems anyhow).

    But by all means, try it yourself.

    Go ahead: use Find My Mac to search for a computer connected via WiFi, then on Ethernet only.

    And then on the Mac, try Apple Maps geolocation on WiFi, then on Ethernet only. The Mac will not be able to locate itself when on a wired Ethernet connection. Location Services only works when WiFi is turned on and you are connected to a WAP that has been mapped by Apple.

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