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Topic # 214971 6-Jun-2017 15:24
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Hey all,


Very frequently i get insanely infuriated with google maps for not picking up on a New Zealand address that is very clearly written in the correct format. I'll pop in the street name and suburb then hit search, Ill get results from some random places in the states. It doesnt even consider im in New Zealand like every other service from Google is localized. 
Its even worse when i have a street name in the search field and its in the same city as my GEOIP location at least and it still suggests junk from the USA. 

Why is maps localized to Murricah?


In most cases the street is mapped on maps and also labelled but it wont link the search to the map. IDK its very painful. Anyone else got the same issue?


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  Reply # 1795435 6-Jun-2017 15:36
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Only time Ive seen that is when the IP of the connection I was on, was based overseas - maybe some odd proxying by your ISP ?



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  Reply # 1795486 6-Jun-2017 16:18
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  Reply # 1795505 6-Jun-2017 16:44
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Only time Ive seen that is when the IP of the connection I was on, was based overseas - maybe some odd proxying by your ISP ?







We do have a US based part of the company but has always been NZ based.
We are a Snap business customer on Fibre, GeoIP somehow also knows the postcode as 0632..

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  Reply # 1795509 6-Jun-2017 16:48
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Might be helpful ?!topic/maps/IsmgDfo_IFQ









Unfortunately we are on desktop clients without a GPS service.
If i type into google in a new browser without any history and search "Where am i" it will give me Albany (0632)


If i type in Bond street it will give me all these suggestions in the USA and not NZ. Then i type in Bond Street New Zealand and it will just tell me im wrong, Bond St New Zealand and it works. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW... And it gives me that western overpass that it should!



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  Reply # 1795605 6-Jun-2017 20:46
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Are you connected over WiFi? Is the access point or router second hand?


MAC addresses are linked to locations. As people go around with their Android devices and Google Maps the app will report MAC addresses and GPS coordinates to their databases. I once sent a review router to a Geekzone users in Napier after finishing with it and the user said every time he opened Google Maps on his laptop it would show Wellington by default...

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  Reply # 1795609 6-Jun-2017 21:02
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It's because you're spelling "localised" wrong.

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  Reply # 1795815 7-Jun-2017 11:01
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Guessing you have a static IP since you are on a business plan. I used to have a similar problem with geo Ip location saying that I am in Wellington or Timarau instead of Auckland.

I have a Snapdegrees static IP as well. Will do some testing tonight to see if it has self updated or not to my correct location.

Also on Windows 10 you can specify a default location for apps to use.

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