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# 251098 8-Jun-2019 15:00
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Afternoon all. I just randomly wen't to do a speedtest and noticed I'm automatically being put on to a server in Wellington now instead of Auckland. Near by servers are now showing as Christchurch Wellington and Hamilton which is odd considering I'm in the North island on the North Shore. I'm now also getting contradicting information as re the location of my IP address. If I go to it says I'm located in Nelson via vocus communications which doesn't sound right but if I go to I get the correct info and location that I'm in Auckland via callplus. I'm not sure if maybe there is a routing problem at the ISP end  or if something was changed recently. Any ideas why it would think I'm in the south island all of a sudden when I'm actually in Auckland? I'm with slingshot on their gigantic UFB plan. 

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  # 2254345 8-Jun-2019 15:02
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Just ignore it means nothing!

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  # 2254387 8-Jun-2019 15:16
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Dunno, its a form of apophenia



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  # 2254390 8-Jun-2019 15:21
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Send private message quote this post has me in Palmerston north has me in Auckland


I'm actually in  East Otago and this connection has had the same ip address for years.


The databases these ip lookup sites use, are always out of date, especial for this part of the world.


As Linux has said Just ignore.



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  # 2254477 8-Jun-2019 18:31
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The IP data used to locate connections usually have the ISP home office as the address. ISPs don't seem to assign these addresses to specific regions so anything lower than country is unreliable. Ignore.


Is different when you get the location on your phone or Google Maps on your laptop/desktop. Google and Apple use their own databases. When you go around with WiFi on there is always some scanning going in the background and these companies link routers and Access Points' MAC addresses with their GPS location. This data is then used to locate you in maps (when using tables, laptops and desktops that don't have GPS) and as a cold start for GPS if a satellite fix is not available (indoors, cloudy, etc).

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  # 2255529 10-Jun-2019 20:25
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It means nothing. My business has IP addresses which are registered to our address here and yet Speedtest gives me random servers, none of which are the closest to either here or where my internet service terminates (Auckland).

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  # 2255542 10-Jun-2019 20:42
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From previous Spark experience they have a National Static IP address range that can be allocated to any subscriber including mobile broadband punters. So could be Auckland and could be Dunedin.
The rest of the dynamic ranges get shuffled around as /22s to subscriber demand and grooming based on customers moving access types (BUBA/EUBA ADSL/VDSL/UFB) but it changes often as the network is always changing.

So as everyone has already said. It is what it is and doesn't really matter.

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