First post. I searched a bit but still need a couple things cleared up.
Purchased a 2595LMT old unit was 780.
Driving to work using both I noticed the 2595 showed a Wendys as I was driving by, the 780 did not.
Sticking w/Wendys example, If I install the Wendys custom POI, what advantage is that over stock unit. Won't I have duplicates then?
Proximity alerts: can a set an alert to activate when I w/in a certain distance of Wendy's. (you can tell its close to lunch time w/all the Wendys references.
IIRC there will be dupes when using both files.
The advantage of using the custom Wendys POI file will be that it is more complete, and updated regularly.
Sorry. If this is a silly questions but if there are duplicates will it show there are two restaurants? Or does it mean it is just redundant. I don't want to muck up what is in there already. Just concerned as I am new at this. Thank you for your help.
Our Garmins come with 8 million POI locations. A few thousand Wendys are listed. We have a Wendys file at POI-Factory, with over 6 thousand locations.
WHen I GOTO> Points of Interest > FOOD > FAST FOOD,
I find my 50 nearest McDonalds, Tastee-Freeze, Hungry Hobo, but not a Wendys. That is because there are more than 50 fast food places nearer to me than a Wendys.
When I GOTO > Extras > Custom POIs > Wendys, there is a list of the closest 50 Wendys locations.
The maintainer of Wendys updates promptly if one of us find an error in his files.
No matter which one of these methods I use, the other location does not appear on the Garmin. We don't even know that it is there.
If you have the Wendys poi file from here set up with icons, then you will see duplicate icons on the map. You will see the built in ones (if they are there - some aren't)and you will see the "new" icons of the file you just loaded. The difference is that the built in locations are not as accurate as ours. I have seen them further down the road or even way back off the road.
Proximity alerts: can a set an alert to activate when I w/in a certain distance of Wendy's.
One reason that the 2595 may have shown the built-in icon while the 780 did not may be the zoom level of the units. You might repeat the experiment with a 300 feet zoom level (or less) on both units.
You have not indicated what update level (if any) the 780 is at. If the Wendy's in question was recently constructed, then the new unit might show it and the old might not. If you have lifetime updates on the 780 and have kept the unit current, that should not be a problem.
The built in POIs are useful if you have not loaded any custom POIs which I assume is your case because you asked "If I install the Wendy's... The reason most of us load Custom POIs is that we want a complete list of whatever and we want it to be current. The built in POIs are neither - we have never determined why some businesses are there and others in the same chain/type are not.
As was noted above, you access the built in POIs and Custom POIs in different ways, so the fact that there are duplicates will not be a problem in using the unit.
Note, you can not proximity alert from the built in POIs. The alerts are possible with custom POIs and safety camera databases.
I upgraded from a Nuvi 650 to a 2495LMT, which I believe is functionally the same as a 2595. I can confirm that a poi file is more accurate than the built in poi's. Also, searches can be much faster. For example, searching for Walmarts along a route from Indianapolis to Denver is dramatically faster using the poi file. Finally, if I have an icon associated with the poi file, the icon will appear on the map. I use this to display nearby attractions which I may wish to make an impromptu visit to.
Will check and see how my 2595lmt is on the POI files.
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