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#28538 3-Dec-2008 16:47

Have others on xnet noticed that the recommended server (yellow triangle) on speedtest has been changing from their actual geographical location? At present my location is shown as Christchurch but I'm in Auckland. Sydney speedtest shows 7725kb/s D/l and 784kb/s U/l with 65ms ping. After rebooting the router I'm back in Auckland with same loading speeds to sydney and 65ms ping. Nothing changes but my location. How is my location decided on speedtest? Just curious.

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  #181834 3-Dec-2008 17:36
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It's based on your IP address, but it's not always accurate, so yes occasionally it will think you are somewhere else

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  #181849 3-Dec-2008 18:57

Ok. Thanks for the info. I thought I may have been having connections issues, as I kept getting kicked from Company of Heroes (PC game). But it appears all is well. 



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  #181865 3-Dec-2008 20:00
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In nz, an isp can be based in auckland but serve customers nationally. When they apply for a block of ip addresses, they have to specify the location. Because they are in a shared pool, usually they just put down eg. 5 for auckland, 5 for wellington, 5 for christchurch just to fill the form. You still get dished out a random address.

In the USA or other larger countries its more accurate because the networks are usually broken down into the individual states.

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