Google Maps is one of Google’s products that nobody else has seemed to be able to match yet. The amount of detail and extra data collection that Google has undertaken is multitudes more than the competitors.
This post below from 2017 goes into some of the details. While outdated slightly as HERE maps is able to compete better, it goes to show how much Google can accomplish when combining multiple data sources.
It’s no surprise then, that when these companies combine our personal data, they can also get scary accurate results.
I like to buy my own phones and bring them to my plan. Sometimes this results in not having the full config to make the phone work 100% on a carrier. I recently fixed issues where I could not receive MMS messages if I had an active wifi connection. When my phone is on wifi, it chooses to send and receive messages and calls over wifi instead of the cellular service. Unfortunately, I was missing this in my APN config!
APN settings: (Changes I made to my settings in brackets. Full quote is from source)
Name: T-Mobile US LTE
Proxy: Not set
Port: Not set
Username: Not set
Password: Not set
Server: Not set
MMSC: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc [ADDED THIS]
Multimedia message proxy: Not set
Multimedia message port: 80 [ADDED THIS]
Authentication type: None
APN type: default,mms,supl [ADDED mms to my existing list]
APN protocol: IPv6
APN roaming protocol: IPv4
Enable/disable APN: APN enabled
Mobile virtual network operator type: None
Mobile virtual network operator value: Not set
As it can be expected from Apple, there is no user interface to adjust or change the wifi roaming agressiveness.
This is VERY IMPORTANT if for example you use Macbooks in a very dense wifi environment. If you have a Macbook that’s dropping packets when roaming or having trouble roaming from AP to AP, then open a terminal and run the following.
sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport prefs joinMode=Strongest
Of the options available, the “strongest” option tells the wifi drivers on the Macbook to connect to the AP with the strongest (and thus hopefully the closest) AP, when multiple APs are available to connect to. Apple has configured the default setting to keep you connected to the same AP as long as possible, even if a better one is available. This is great at home, but not in a corporate environment.
Here are the other options available:
airport – the Little Known Command Line Wireless Utility