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FAQ: Geocoding by IP address does not always return the location of my computer. Why is this?

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Geocoding by IP address does not always return the location of my computer. Why is this?

Answer

IP address geocoding often returns results for the organization which owns the IP address block instead of the actual computer IP address. This is because IP address geocoding does not consider private IPs, VPNs, or internal network blocks. In the case of America Online (AOL), which uses proxies to manage their vast network traffic, users are identified with 'aol' in the region and city field and a general rounded latitude/longitude point - meant to represent the center of the United States.