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CTO1Mike

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So long story short, If I use an ipad for Gaia It needs to be activated like my phone? Im not a huge tech guy, which is why Im asking.
Short answer no.

Make sure your iPad is Cell capable. Settings is a good place to look, but also up top near the power button the case will have an area that is slightly different from the rest of the case. That area is the cell antenna area and will be almost a wide as your iPad's back shell.

You do not have to have an active cell data plan for your iPad to receive GPS signals.

If your iPad is not cell capable, then you can tether it with bluetooth to a device like the Garmin Inreach. I have the Garmin Inreach, so I don't really know if other GPS devices offer tethering. Have not looked.

Just make sure that you down load all the maps you need before you leave home. Even if you have a cell data plan, because you will not always be in range of a cell tower.
 
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So long story short, If I use an ipad for Gaia It needs to be activated like my phone? Im not a huge tech guy, which is why Im asking.
Short story:
WiFi in iPad has no GPS built in. If you own that you need to add a Bluetooth GPS as listed above.

iPad with cell service has a built in GPS regardless if you have a cellular plan or not. Meaning you don’t need a Bluetooth GPS.

The term activated does apply here. Just to avoid any confusion.

CTO beat me to the answer.
 
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So long story short, If I use an ipad for Gaia It needs to be activated like my phone? Im not a huge tech guy, which is why Im asking.
If you have a WiFi only iPad you will need an external GPS connected. The WiFi only iPads lack the internal hardware for GPS. (It saved them like $6 LOL) If you have an iPad that has the ability to use cellular it will have the internal hardware so you can use GPS with or without a cellular data plan.


And it was already answered......beat me to it... LOL
 

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Stumbled upon Gaia GPS recently. Only have the free version at the moment and haven’t really got to go out and explore on it yet. Is the paid version worth it? I like that you can lay multiple map layers on it. I mostly would like to have it to keep track of all the National Forestry Roads and other roads that Google Maps simply doesn’t show
 

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I run Gaia on an older Ipad 4, It sits on my ram mount and yeah it needs a exterior GPS signal. I got a dual XGPS160 that I picked up and mounted on a ram mount and that feeds up to 5 devices via Bluetooth. My thinking was the following....If they run those in small aircrafts and on boats that travel the open oceans it will definitely work for me in even the most remote locations....One thing is for sure there's always an aircraft around you within a few miles give or take and if they always have signal so would I. Well, truth be told my theory was spot on. I get the Ipad to read Gaia and track me perfectly with it. For me what worked to learn Gaia was to use it right where I was at. I started to see what it looked like to drive lets say a road and see it looked nothing like Siri's turn left at the light version even with the different layers applied. Then I actually used it to find local off the beaten path trails which to my surprise might already by a named road just its a dirt or stone road. As I started to go to places where we already wheeled at I started using some of the features like mapping out the track and recording myself leaving a crumb trail just about so even if we got remotely FUBAR lost we could back track. It is sweet cause you have the ability to drop waypoints of potential camps, take a pic of the waypoint for reminder even of how the terrain looked like when you were there. You can add obstacles or views as well its got a ton of little icons you can customize in your tracks too. So as I got used to just doing tracks that way or even at jeep events we would go to same thing recorded our tracks. Then I found through right here in the forums how to import a track. We imported the Georgia Traverse as an overlay and made our own track which had our lines of choice and camp spots we used and even ones we'd save as potential ones. Its pretty cool once you learn all the features it has. I have the upgraded membership on Gaia now but to be honest I didn't take the plunge till I knew how to use it. Its got a bunch of stuff you learn and can do before even upgrading. The upgrade really just gives you the additional maps that are already there for you to use instead of painstakingly searching and adding GPX files manually. If you learn the system she's actually pretty simple and user friendly. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I run Gaia on an older Ipad 4, It sits on my ram mount and yeah it needs a exterior GPS signal. I got a dual XGPS160 that I picked up and mounted on a ram mount and that feeds up to 5 devices via Bluetooth. My thinking was the following....If they run those in small aircrafts and on boats that travel the open oceans it will definitely work for me in even the most remote locations....One thing is for sure there's always an aircraft around you within a few miles give or take and if they always have signal so would I. Well, truth be told my theory was spot on. I get the Ipad to read Gaia and track me perfectly with it. For me what worked to learn Gaia was to use it right where I was at. I started to see what it looked like to drive lets say a road and see it looked nothing like Siri's turn left at the light version even with the different layers applied. Then I actually used it to find local off the beaten path trails which to my surprise might already by a named road just its a dirt or stone road. As I started to go to places where we already wheeled at I started using some of the features like mapping out the track and recording myself leaving a crumb trail just about so even if we got remotely FUBAR lost we could back track. It is sweet cause you have the ability to drop waypoints of potential camps, take a pic of the waypoint for reminder even of how the terrain looked like when you were there. You can add obstacles or views as well its got a ton of little icons you can customize in your tracks too. So as I got used to just doing tracks that way or even at jeep events we would go to same thing recorded our tracks. Then I found through right here in the forums how to import a track. We imported the Georgia Traverse as an overlay and made our own track which had our lines of choice and camp spots we used and even ones we'd save as potential ones. Its pretty cool once you learn all the features it has. I have the upgraded membership on Gaia now but to be honest I didn't take the plunge till I knew how to use it. Its got a bunch of stuff you learn and can do before even upgrading. The upgrade really just gives you the additional maps that are already there for you to use instead of painstakingly searching and adding GPX files manually. If you learn the system she's actually pretty simple and user friendly. Just my 2 cents.
I love my Dual Electronics XGPS160, way more accurate than built in GPS and I mounted it on my RAM mount using this.
I thought might interest you.


 
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SinisterJK

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I love my Dual Electronics XGPS160, way more accurate than built in GPS and I mounted it on my RAM mount using this.
I thought might interest you.


that's a pretty cool mount. How did you mount yours? I have mine mounted to a Ram Mount, I'll go take a pic and post it
 

SinisterJK

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I got mine mounted on a ram mount I slightly modified. I ran power cables to each and zipped tied them to the JKE dock that way we don’t have to run additional cables. The power cords are all hardwired in and tucked and run through the dash so it keeps our cab cleaner and not full of wires and crap that would get tangled up with the stick or us. IMG_9358.JPG