NetworkLocation 3.0.5 full review

Skyhook Wireless option

The Skyhook Wireless option is especially interesting, as you can use your current location or enter a street address, and then define a radius within which you need to be located to trigger the corresponding action. Of course, you have to be connected to a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network for NetworkLocation to query Skyhook’s servers to pull up that location. If you don’t have an Internet connection, the Skyhook feature doesn’t work.

I created a set of locations and triggers in NetworkLocation (without actually being at any of the locations, I might add). As I moved from place to place, as soon as my laptop had connected to a Wi-Fi network and received an IP address, NetworkLocation correctly triggered the settings change.

Clicking Find Me prompts NetworkLocation to query Skyhook Wireless’s database and nail down your location, often accurate to within a few feet, in seconds.

You can also switch locations manually from the program’s icon in the Dock or from an optional menu-bar menu. And NetworkLocation can be used with stationary Macs, as well: for example, when you arrive at the office in the morning, you can switch from your “away” location to your “here I am, let’s get going” location, and NetworkLocation will start your day by checking email, activating iChat, and launching programs.

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