Finding Your IP Address Location
As a computer user your IP address is highly important and if you know it,
you can use it to find IP Geolocation and details that might interest you
such as the hostname and the name of the internet service provider.
The Internet Protocol Address, or the IP number, consists in groups of
numbers separated with periods. There are 4 such groups of numbers that make
up an IP address, and each of them can feature numbers between 0 and 255;
for instance, an IP address can look like this: 188.8.131.52 or like this:
Usually, IP numbers are assigned to Internet Service Providers in blocks that
are region-based. This makes it possible to find location of an IP address
and identify the country or more specific region where the computer with
that IP connects to the World Wide Web. However, IP addresses are not
actually assigned to where you are, but to where you get the internet
The Internet Service Provider can assign you a static or a dynamic IP
address, based on the contract or the service that you are using.
- A static IP address is an address that is permanent - never
changes over time or after down/off periods; it is a permanent physical
address where other computers or devices that are network enabled can
contact the person assigned that IP address. Web servers normally use such
IP addresses. IP addresses assigned to websites are always static, so that
visitors can always reach the websites and search engines can always locate
- A dynamic IP address, on the other hand, changes. It is the kind
of address that is temporarily assigned by an Internet Service Provider to a
Whenever the network device (e.g. cable, DSL modem) is turned off and then
on, the IP address changes. Other than that, the dynamic IP address is not very
different from the static IP address. The only difference between them is that
when, you have a dynamic IP address, your Internet Service Provider allocates
you a different IP address - selected from a pool of available IP addresses -
every time you connect to the World Wide Web.
So, is it possible to find my IP address location? Well, even though IP
addresses do not correspond exactly to specific geographic locations, it does
not mean that it is not possible to find out the whereabouts of IP addresses.
There are Geolocation systems that are designed to map IP addresses to
physical locations with the help of wide computer databases. Some databases like
these can be searched online (for free) and some are available for a price.
If I want to find my IP location - or anyone else's for that matter - I can
simply go online and use such services. In order to find IP location details,
you just have to enter the IP address on these specializes sites and let the
geolocators and maps display the results. There are services like these that are
highly efficient and that update their information every 48 hours.
If you want to use the IP address to check the source of an email and the
location of the sender, you can look into the email message headers and find the
IP of the sender, which will be displayed amongst the other data within the
headers. It is possible that many IP addresses will appear.
You need to look at the one that is in square brackets and listed near the
email address of the sender. The other IP addresses that may appear in the
headers are a result of the fact that every server has their own IP address.
It can be very important to find IP address Geolocation in various
situations. For instance, webmasters use Geolocation services to help them
manage their websites by tracking the geographic locations and the geographic
distribution of their visitors. This enables webmasters to change the content
that visitors see according to their location. Many people also want to learn
how to find IP location details because they want to be able to track spammers
or, even worse, anonymous harassers.
Geolocation databases have become more and more efficient over the years. It
may be possible that IP address location databases will map each existing
network address to latitude/ longitude coordinate or a postal address. However,
most of the times, when you try to find IP address location details, the address
will only be associated with a large geographic area such as a country, a state
or a city; you will not be able to receive information about the street address.
It is still enough, most of the times, to be able to find the city, the phone
area code, the hostname, the Internet Service Provider or the location specific
As you can see, if anybody wants to check my IP address location or someone
else’s, it is quite easy, even if the answer may not be as specific as they