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A Curious Experiment

From: United States Maryland Gaithersburg @RWByrum Time : 2017-10-27 19:40:42

Last night I began a rather curious experiment which I completed this morning.  I thought the members of CLM might find the results interesting.  I was originally simply going to post this as a comment to the thread which inspired the experiment, but then I figured that if I buried it in a comment that it might be largely ignored.



I visited my own profile on CLM.  I do this on rare occasions so that I can see how it looks to the ladies.  Out of rather morbid curiosity, I pushed the button to display my IP address.  This was what popped up:  United States New Jersey Mount Laurel (North America)

73.187.225.163



Rather neat, except that I'm not in New Jersey.  I am typing this exactly where my profile says I am, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.



I found this sufficiently interesting to investigate it further.  I started by checking the accuracy of the IP address.  I started by looking up the IP configuration in my computer.  This was a simple matter.  I'm using Windows 7, so I just had to push the Start button and type "cmd" into the search box.  That produced the command prompt in the programs list.  I simply had to click on the command prompt and enter "ipconfig" into the command prompt, and, voila, my computer produced my IP configuration including the IP address of my computer.  Then I noticed something rather curious.  My IP configuration listed my version 4 IP address as 10.0.0.2.  I immediately knew that this could not possibly be a public IP address.



I confirmed this by running my computer's IP address through a website which could trace its location.  Just as I suspected, it came back as a private address rather than a public one.  The reason for this was simple enough, I was using a combination router/modem, so my computer was not directly connected to the internet.  Therefore, it didn't need a public IP address.  The only IP address it has is the private address in my home network.  The public IP address was assigned to my router rather than my computer, nothing more than a technical detail, really.



When I used the website to check my own public IP address, it precisely matched the one give by CLM's IP address tool.  So, the IP address was correct.  So why was the physical address wrong?  I traced my public IP address through four different websites, three of them American and one Australian.  All three of the American websites produced my correct physical location when I ran my public IP address--Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  One of them even gave my correct postal code which impressed me a great deal considering that Chambersburg has two.  However, the Australian site gave the same physical address as CLM.



Interestingly enough, the Australian site produced the registry entry for my IP address from ARIN (American Registry of Internet Numbers) which had the New Jersey address.  I found this rather interesting considering that my ISP was Comcast and their headquarters are in Philadelphia.  But it did make me wonder if the Comcast computer connecting me to the internet was housed at Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  I know that their mail server was in Kansas.  I suspect that the reason for this anomaly was due to the fact that the American sites could probably request the address data directly from the ISP, or, perhaps they have access to a more complete registry.  Obviously, the foreign sites, like CLM, can only obtain their data from ARIN.  At least the country was correct and that was really the most important thing.  I wouldn't want to be mistaken for a Nigerian.


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From: Switzerland Bern - Berne Bern @kalzorch Time : 2017-10-30 18:26:49 #1

Apparently CLM is simply using the address from the ARIN entry.  Since Comcast probably has dozens, maybe hundreds, of physical locations (none related to your computer), this is essentially random.  As your search discovered, some services achieve better accuracy using more sophisticated approaches (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geolocation_software).

Anonymous26002
@Anonymous26002 Time : 2017-10-30 19:07:38 #2

It seems that my previous thread already motivated people to do different things. Pal, thank you for your effort and the experiment. However, I am still suspicious about the hidden IP. Maybe it is just me? 

I already received a few messages on this platofrm sent from hidden IP addresses. 

Thank you again for your effort. That tells me maybe the IP address could not be right every single time. 

 

From: China 浙江(zhe jiang) 杭州(hang zhou ) @JohnAbbot Time : 2017-10-31 13:49:13 #3

@RWByrum

@kalzorch

This thread and your experiment caused me to check what address our IP checker was giving us by testing it on our checker we use in our back end, and I got your correct location in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

That surprised me since your search gave a different location,  so then I logged into my membership on CLM and did the IP search from there.  Damned if I didn't get the New Jersey Mount Laurel location from there. That suggests that for some bizarre reason we are using 2 different IP checkers, one for Admin and the other for our members to check out IPs.

I am currently waiting for an explanation from our developer as to why that might be.

Anonymous26026
@Anonymous26026 Time : 2017-11-11 07:30:32 #4

This explains why a girl I was communicating with had a different IP address and I was accusing her of not telling the truth as to her present location. 

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