Does Near do anything if you only have wi-fi version?

#1 Posted by Muerthoz (350 posts) -

I've tried using Near using the internet connection at home and at work and it just says "could not obtain data for your location". I've also driven around town to see if it picks up anything from Best buy, Gamestop, Walmart, etc. but haven't had any luck with that either. Do wi-fi users need to have people added to their friends in order to get anything out of Near or does it just not work for wi-fi only Vitas?

#2 Posted by Chris2KLee (2336 posts) -

I got it working on my Wi-Fi version, picked up some game goods yesterday to. Might be an issue with you sharing settings? That, or maybe there aren't that many people in your area with Vitas.

#3 Posted by Muerthoz (350 posts) -

Yeah, I don't think too many people in my area take their portable systems out of the house much. I've had my 3DS since launch day and I still haven't had any visitors on it.

#4 Posted by SpaceRunaway (865 posts) -

The way I understand "near", which is not much at all, I don't think proximity is that much of an issue. I think there might be something with your settings.

#5 Edited by Muerthoz (350 posts) -

While trying to find a solution, I read a bunch of forum posts that said the Vita's wi-fi locator uses data from Skyhook and that if it can't get info for your location, then you might need to register your wireless access point. I registered my access point with them http://www.skyhookwireless.com/howitworks/submit_ap.php on Sunday and was finally able to get location data from Near on Friday night before I went to work. I don't know if that's the solution for everyone who is having issues but it worked for others and so far it's working for me.

After I got home from work, I saw that it picked up more users during my drive home. I don't know why it couldn't see these users before. I could be wrong but my best guess is that it needed a "home" point to start from.

#6 Posted by Dagbiker (6976 posts) -

@Muerthoz said:

While trying to find a solution, I read a bunch of forum posts that said the Vita's wi-fi locator uses data from Skyhook and that if it can't get info for your location, then you might need to register your wireless access point. I registered my access point with them http://www.skyhookwireless.com/howitworks/submit_ap.php on Sunday and was finally able to get location data from Near on Friday night before I went to work. I don't know if that's the solution for everyone who is having issues but it worked for others and so far it's working for me.

After I got home from work, I saw that it picked up more users during my drive home. I don't know why it couldn't see these users before. I could be wrong but my best guess is that it needed a "home" point to start from.

Cool thanks for posting this, one of the reasions i would have gotten a 3G Vita would have been for the near functionality, but hearing that it works on the Wi-FI version i think, after i buy my new computer in a few weeks. i will buy a vita.

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