The GPS signal and accuracy of your Pod is affected by various factors including weather, obstructions and metal objects.
Here are a few ways to improve the GPS signal strength and accuracy of your Pod:
- Clear view of the sky (no obstructions from building and trees which could block the signal)
- Prevent interference from metal objects as it will affect the signal strength. This includes using the Pod inside of a car or shed.
- Keep your battery charged for optimal performance. We recommend swapping it out every morning at feeding to ensure it’s always charged.
When you’re not on your Home Wi-Fi network, the Pod will first search for GPS before using scanning surrounding Wi-Fi networks for a location as GPS is generally more accurate.
Urban Areas vs Rural Areas:
Below are the benefits and limitations of using the Pod in urban versus rural areas;
- There are a number of Wi-Fi points available (from surrounding houses) to help the Pod triangulate a position without GPS
- Possible limitations on GPS signal strength due to building obstructions
- Cell reception generally strong
- There are a limited number of Wi-Fi points available (given the reduction in property density) to triangulate a position
- Clear and open areas make it beneficial to obtain a strong GPS signal, however, is still subject to cloud coverage
- Possible poor cell reception out in rural areas. Please check the coverage in your area with your local provider.
Please note the GPS/Wi-Fi light will only turn green when your Pod is actively doing a locate. It will be blue all other times.