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Stangs55
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Auto On/Off Wi-Fi for Downloading

I love the fact that DC allows me to tell it to only download podcasts when I'm plugged in and on WiFi...but I rarely use WiFi throughout my day leaving it off for battery reasons. As of now when I come home at night, I have to remember to turn on my WiFi before I charge the phone and then turn it back off again every morning. It would be nice if DC had an option to turn on WiFi if it is off to download podcast updates and then turn it off again when it's done.

Thanks again for the great product support.

LinkDJ
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I agree, as soon as I saw

I agree, as soon as I saw those options I went looking for an app that would automatically turn WiFi on when the device was plugged in, but sadly I found nothing.

I don't know if this is something that DoggCatcher should do, but it would be cool if someone did it.

eric
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Good idea

I created a mantis issue for this.

http://mantis.snoggdoggler.com/view.php?id=279

Thanks for the post.

mcamou
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There's an app in the Market

There's an app in the Market called Y5 which will turn off your WiFi and then turn it back on automagically when you enter an area where you have previously used WiFi. So, the first time you enter an area where you want to use WiFi you turn it on manually and from that moment on Y5 will automatically turn WiFi on when you enter that area and turn it off when you exit.

That said, I just installed that app today so I haven't really tested it (I've been at home with WiFi access all day). When I go out tomorrow I'll check that it works as advertised.

mcamou
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Well, after a couple of days

Well, after a couple of days I can say that Y5 works great! What it does is, it saves in which cells (i.e., mobile network cells) a particular network is available, and activates WiFi when you enter those cells. It also turns off WiFi when you leave those cells. Not foolproof as cell coverage doesn't exactly match WiFi coverage (i.e., you might get a few places where the WiFi is turned on but there is no WiFi signal - that happens to me in some places in my office) but in general it's a wonderful app that has increased my battery life quite a bit. You see, WiFi when connected doesn't drain much power, it drains much more when it's on and searching for an access point.

You do lose the notification whenever you're close to an open access point, but for me it's a small price to pay for the battery life.

ChicagoPete
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Nice find!

I'm going to try this out this weekend

Steven Jones
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Y5

Checking out that app, it could be handy for more things than just DoggCatcher. If it works as stated it really cool.