View Full Version : Wrong physical location
08-14-2004, 08:55 PM
When I visit my website from my home computer, StatCounter logs my IP address correctly, but it always indicates that I am in State College, Pennsylania (I'm in Colorado--at least 2,000 miles from there). I downloaded and installed the StatCounter code on my website in June, 2004. I bought my Motorola SB5100 cable modem new, and installed and registered it in June, 2003. My cable modem's MAC address is registered to my LAN here in Colorado (I just verified this with Comcast, my ISP). I'm running Mac OS X 10.2.8 and using several browsers (Safari, Explorer, Mozilla, and Opera). Since I know that my location is being logged incorrectly, it makes me wonder about the accuracy of my other StatCounter statistics.
08-14-2004, 09:23 PM
Well, all I can say is that most likely your ISP Comcast have their headquarters registered in Pennsylvania and thay haven't bothered to be more specific with their IP addresses distribution pattern.
None of thishas anything to do with your equipment nor with Statcounter, only with the IP address itself as it resolves given the geo-location database which takes its information from whatever the ISP's provide.
For the heck of it, why don't you visit http://www.ip-to-location.com/ and see what that site echoes concerning your geo-location? They are using one of several available geo-location databases. It may or may not be teh same as the one used by Statcounter.
Incidentally this site now shows my correct location, but it hasn't always shown it correctly. I used to be placed in Ontario instead of Quebec a lot :lol:
My point is that my ISP has finally corrected the infomation that is provided to the various geo-location databases, at least as pertains my IP addresss range.
08-15-2004, 06:56 PM
Comcast is really bad at reporting location because they don't include enough information in most of their IP addresses to locate a user.
There are exceptions. I've noticed that Comcast users coming from the part of the company that has long been "Comcast" have IPs with location coded. That's also true of some former AT&T users, but apparently only those who came to them from one of the non-TCI providers.
It's the former AT&T<-TCI users migrated to the "Comcast" domain who show up with random locations. And since you're in Colorado, you are probably on a system migrated from TCI and AT&T.
12-19-2004, 05:28 AM
thats interesting as I too experience this often. Right now, Stat-counter is saying I am using allstream as an isp which isn't true. It sometimes lists me from Toronto and sometimes lists me correctly. Also lists others that I know are from one area as if they are in another ie. person lives in Dayton, ohio, uses roadrunner dsl and is listed from Herndon, West Virginia.
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