Desktop computer shows incorrect Location information with 5G Home Internet
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Re: Desktop computer shows incorrect Location information with 5G Home Internet
smith6612
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The reason for this is because many services are using GeoIP databases, and the databases are simply making a guess of where your IP address is located. Having a dynamic IP, your IP can change at any given time, and as a result, your "guesstimated" location may change from day to day. The effects are a bit worse on mobile networks, because the cellular core equipment may serve an absolutely massive area. This is because the cellular core equipment is typically going to be located in nearby, large cities where Internet bandwidth is plentiful, and all of the cell towers connect back to it. So you might appear to be an hour away with one IP address, and next door with another. With Verizon 5G, every time your modem reboots or disconnects and reconnects to the network, you have a chance to get a new IP address. Your local DSL or Cable provider is more likely to have a "local" office, and is more likely to assign IP addresses which stay in your town.

These GeoIP Databases are updated if Verizon tells databases like Maxmind where you're located. Other times, they're updated through device telemetry. For example, Android phones can tell Google an IP Address is located in so-and-so location by the device reporting its location to Google, and Google connecting the dots.

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Re: Desktop computer shows incorrect Location information with 5G Home Internet
smith6612
Community Leader
Community Leader

The reason for this is because many services are using GeoIP databases, and the databases are simply making a guess of where your IP address is located. Having a dynamic IP, your IP can change at any given time, and as a result, your "guesstimated" location may change from day to day. The effects are a bit worse on mobile networks, because the cellular core equipment may serve an absolutely massive area. This is because the cellular core equipment is typically going to be located in nearby, large cities where Internet bandwidth is plentiful, and all of the cell towers connect back to it. So you might appear to be an hour away with one IP address, and next door with another. With Verizon 5G, every time your modem reboots or disconnects and reconnects to the network, you have a chance to get a new IP address. Your local DSL or Cable provider is more likely to have a "local" office, and is more likely to assign IP addresses which stay in your town.

These GeoIP Databases are updated if Verizon tells databases like Maxmind where you're located. Other times, they're updated through device telemetry. For example, Android phones can tell Google an IP Address is located in so-and-so location by the device reporting its location to Google, and Google connecting the dots.