How does this work? Cross border IP locations?
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One of the Forums I'm posting at has hosting space with Hetzner Online in Germany. 

I've got two FireFox apps where I can see the IP country and server country.  Technically then when I'm in the Forum I'm used to seeing two little German flags next to one another.  IP from Germany and Server from Germany.

During my posting session today the Server Location was still from Germany, but the IP from France.  So how does this work?  I don't think this is the first time it's happened to me.  I had a situation with HostUS and the IP location which with the Speedtest said it was Atlanta, but HostUS said it was Charlotte in actual fact.  Are IPs being cross bordered perhaps?  And how do they do that?

When I checked a few minutes ago everything was back to normal again with German IP showing the German flag again.  So looks as though it was temporary - still curious that that happened though.  The Charlotte IP however is still shown as Atlanta when a speed test is conducted.
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Probably one of the databases used to map the IP to a coordinate on earth was out of date. Since most people use maxmind's database. I'd say that could be one of the causes.
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For the past couple of months I connect to internet using a BSNL 3g. I often check various sites that claim to tell you IP and location based on IP and what your browser is leaking etc.

I found that they often say wildly different things at the same time. So my guess would be that the database they use are not the same and at various level of update / completion. Another thing could be there is some computer in the middle changing things for some reason or may be a virus/spyware infected system doing some trickery to hide or cover some thing. But that seems too weird and improbable. We should not let our imagination run so wild .. he he
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(2018-02-18, 4:09:39 am)rudra Wrote:  For the past couple of months I connect to internet using a BSNL 3g. I often check various sites that claim to tell you IP and location based on IP and what your browser is leaking etc.

I found that they often say wildly different things at the same time. So my guess would be that the database they use are not the same and at various level of update / completion. Another thing could be there is some computer in the middle changing things for some reason or may be a virus/spyware infected system doing some trickery to hide or cover some thing. But that seems too weird and improbable. We should not let our imagination run so wild .. he he
True. But if someone can explain anything to me in simple language then it works for me. I generally find that when something is obscure that there is usually something that is overridden or hidden. Maybe the location is still with the "owner" of the IP, but the IP is being used in a different location. I'm sure I picked up something like that in New York and Buffalo. It was when I still was with Interserver and I was trying to research my IP. They have a way of doing it, but generally in close proximity like neighbouring states or such as Germany/France proximity to one another. It probably could be a computer in the middle as you thought it could be.
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Just got more interesting last night when I received my new VPS.  The IP apparently was given as with HostUS Charlotte, North Carolina location, however in actual fact the IP location was closer to Philadelphia.  The Speedtest said Pennsylvania, but an IP location test said it was in Delaware near the border with Philadelphia.  What makes it interesting is that this is not just a cross border situation, the location is almost two US States removed from Charlotte in North Carolina.  I'm not complaining however, as I'd had a not so good experience with an IP from Charlotte before - my ISP has great latency issues with Charlotte.  The location in Delaware is amazingly good in comparison - speed is excellent.  Works brilliant with my ISP considering my ISP normally has issues with Charlotte.  Guess I lucked out big time as I'd asked for Dallas and got an IP from a location that had much greater latency.  Completely threw me for a loop but in a very good way.  I'm having a great VPS experience.
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