Setup Juniper Geode On An Apple Device

One-time Setup

Prerequisite: You must use the Geode GNS2 model (or better) in order to get the Geode to communicated with browser based applications like Diamond Maps on an Apple device.  

Technically there are no first time setup steps with a Geode and Apple device. The following steps are suggested only to confirm that your Geode is setup and working

  1. Turn on your Geode.  If you have not yet paired your phone/tablet with the Geode then go to Settings, click Bluetooth, Select your device in the list to pair with it.
  2. Download and install Geode Connect from the App Store.  This is an app published by Juniper System. 
  3. Start the Geode Connect app if it is not already running.  
  4. In the Geode Connect app, tap up top where it says "No Device" and select your Geode from the list.  The blue light on the Geode should light up. Confirm that it is connected to the Geode as indicated by the presence of Latitude/Longitude coordinates displayed in Geode Connect.
  5. In the Geode Connect app, close your connection with the Geode and then close the app altogether.

Do the following each time you want to use the GPS 

  1. The Geode Connect app used in the first time setup instructions above must NOT be running when using the Geode with Diamond Maps.  If it is still running, swipe the app away to close it.
  2. Open your map and press the yellow GPS button on the right side of your screen. This should place a yellow circle at your location on the map.  If this doesn't work you may need to change the security settings on your device. 
  3.  Lastly it is important to confirm that your device is using the Geode for its location source in place of the device's on-board GPS.  To test this, lay Geode on the ground and walk away from the Geode with your device about 20 feet to see if it follows you. If the yellow dot stays stationary on the screen then you are ready to go.  If the dot moves with you then your device is still using it's on-board GPS.  Try powering off your device and then back on.

Other Notes

  • For more about using the Geode on iOS devices see this Juniper System article.
  • You want to see a steady yellow light on the Geode indicating that it has a good DGPS fix. If you don't see this, you may not see your location in Diamond Maps.
  • Some phone and tablet operating systems will never report an accuracy better than 10 feet or more despite the fact that you are receiving a high accuracy position from the GPS.  If you have performed the test in step 7 above to confirm that you are in-fact tracking the Geode and not your phone/tablet's on-board GPS then you should ignore this mis-reported accuracy value.
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