Why Does My IP Show An Inaccurate Geolocation?

Frequently, an IP address’ geolocation will inaccurately display a location far from where the hosting server is physically housed. A website may be hosted on a server in Amsterdam, but the server’s IP address is showing a US geolocation. How is that possible?

What is geolocation?

Geolocation is the mapping of an IP address or MAC address to the real-world geographic location of an Internet-connected computing or a mobile device. It is not the actual physical address of the hosting server.

An IP’s geolocation is not the exact physical location of the hosting server itself, but instead a rough approximation of where the IP is from.

Geolocation Inaccuracy

Server IP addresses at A2 Hosting often show different geolocation than their actual physical location. There is not an infinite amount of IP addresses. IP addresses are often leased upon availability. If a company (e.g. A2 Hosting) leases IP addresses from a US provider, those IP addresses will then have a US geolocation (even if the server is physically sitting in another country.) 

Traceroute

If you would like to see the path packets take to the actual physical location of the server, you can utilize the traceroute (or tracert) program.

Any Issues?

If you have any questions regarding offshore IP addresses and their geolocations, A2 Hosting’s customer support team will be more than happy to assist you. The support team can assist via LiveChat, by submitting a support ticket, or by phone.

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