wifi required for Find My Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by btownguy, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Couple of questions. How does "Find My Mac" actually know my location? I'm pretty sure my Mac doesn't have GPS. Also, does my Mac have to be on wifi in order for Find My Mac to work? I get sporadic results when trying to view my Mac location in iCloud.com.
  2. MacLDN macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2011
    You might find this helpful.

  3. btownguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    so if someone steals a mac laptop and just connects it to a wired network, you will not be able to find that mac until they connect it to a wifi network?
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Correct because at that point apple only has an IP address which in theory will give a very vague location (state or country) so there's no other way for apple to discern location. With wifi, they can triangulate your location provided there's enough wifi hotspots

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