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I'm running a Windows 7 desktop machine (no GPS, hardwired connection) which is stationary. I'd like to set up my location so that various geolocation-enabled services can find me accurately. Is there any way to do this?

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  • A good example is my browser (Firefox) via the geolocation APIs added to HTML 5. Mar 22 '11 at 14:51
  • That is up to the browser then. FireFox would need to provide support for HTML 5 and thus the geolocation behavior available in HTML 5. It would be browser specific; perhaps providing the ability to provide a default location within a browser settings. Mar 22 '11 at 15:07
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Windows 7 needs a sensor installed to provide the services (Google) with information pertinent to the service.

One such sensor is Geosense which will provide the behavior you are looking for. The sensor currently supports Google Location Services via IP/WiFi.

The framework exists within Windows 7 but it still requires 3rd party implementations which will provide the sensors and thus integration to services such as Bing/Google. Unfortunately; the developer community has been fairly slow to respond thus far.

With regard to geolocation via HTML 5; that is reliant on the browser and how they support HTML 5 and consequently geolocation. If you encountered a page written in HTML 5 leveraging the geolocation API's; the browser implementation would come into realization at that point. If the browser provided a way via browser settings to provide a fixed latitude/longitude position, that would be up to the specific browser in use.

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  • Yeah, I was hoping there was some application/driver that could pretend to be a sensor and just allow me to set my lat/long manually. My desktop doesn't have Wifi and the IP address lookup puts me 30 miles away so most of the normal methods don't work. Mar 22 '11 at 15:15
  • Nothing that I am aware of; as everything generally leverages WiFi/IP or actual GPS coordinates. Mar 22 '11 at 15:40
  • Unfortunately, Geosense has been discontinued and you cannot download the software from their website. They recommend upgrading to Windows 8. Feb 18 '13 at 0:58

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