Set one to 500 feet the other day just to test the feature, and it worked at maybe 200 ft. So, based on that, set an entire file to alert at 5000 ft using POILoader, and none worked at all. Anybody know anything about MapSource, maybe that's what I need to make this entire file alert like it should? And I understood that alerts can be set for up to 38 miles, read that somewhere, but in POILoader my only option appears to be setting the alert distance in feet only. So I'm wondering if I need MapSource to make my alerts work like I want them to work. Using a Garmin Streetfinder C530, any help mucho appreciated! (gsm)
My "Trouble with Alerts" message was apparently too wordy, sorry!
Anyway, I can't seem to make alerts work right, and am interested in anyone else's experience with them. Also, setting proximity in POILoader manual mode can be done only in feet, and I've tried 5000 ft and 10000 ft, no luck. One set for 500 ft did alert me when I was maybe 100 ft away. Thanks for any suggestions or help!
I have the same problem with my Nuvi 350. No matter what distance I set in POI loader, I have to be almost on top of the POI before I get alerted. I feel I must be doing something incorrect. I use POI loader in the manual mode and have set the distance from as little as 300 feet to as much as 6000 feet with no perceptible change in alerts.
The maps do not carry actual locations for every address. If you are setting an alert to a street address, then those are approximated within your device. Garmin's website says that it will do an estimation of addresses within the block. In other words address xx50 will show as the middle of the block and xx25 will be one fourth of the way in the block, even though either of them could be the last house on the block.
but 10000 ft is almost 2 miles - so to me this doesn't explain why alerts don't work in all cases. but it does help me better understand why my 500 ft alarm only worked at about 200 ft or whatever it was. thanks.
With the proximity alert set to 10000 ft it alerted me today at about 1 mile or so, maybe a hair more. One thing is different, which may be responsible -- I have allowed the unit (C530) to update the internal memory with the POI files, whereas before they were only on the SD card. Anybody know if that can make the difference? Maybe I've answered my own question, so let me ask a different way . . . does this match anyone else's experience???
ROBERT F. BREUNING posted some similar results a couple months back for red light cameras.
Here's a link to his discussion topic:
Noted - Thanks Jon!
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