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I was curious about this so I googled ip address by country.
These guys, http://www.ip2location.com/, got my isp right and everything else wrong, including the country. Other sites all picked up the same ip address, which isn't mine.
Originally posted by: xSeanx
Not sure if this is exactly what you're after but, try http://www.sustainablegis.com/projects/geolocator/
It should return the country of origin for the IP address.
These guys got my country right. They got the same ip address as the other sites. I suspect the ip address belongs to my isp.
I tried this one, it works if I just want the country, but if I try any of their other features it throws an error dealing with the results of the query.
http://www.hostip.info They got my country right but everything else wrong.
once you go below country level data, especially outside the US, accuracy starts to get "iffy". that's one reason why we stopped at country (though we do also try to guess locale as well).
as far as IPs go, we're only working w/what's available to cf via CGI vars. we don't do any tracing, etc. to figure out the end user's exact IP as more often than not it's still within that country (at least more than 90% of the time any way).
So is Google taking wild guesses for cities or do they know something we don't in their Google Analytics?
if you look at their data more closely you'll see that they will often miss more than they get (ie get country but not city).