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Wrong IP location

wilcochris
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Registered: 16-12-2013

Wrong IP location

So, I was looking at google maps and iOS maps and it has my location as Maidstone, Kent. My real location is March, Cambridgeshire. Anyone come across this before?
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Re: Wrong IP location

I'm guessing you are not on a fixed IP. It just means that a previous user of your current IP was in March. The way that location works is very shaky - I wouldn't worry about it. In fact for security purposes it having the wrong location is maybe a good thing.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Swipe
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Re: Wrong IP location

I've just bought a chromecast which gives me the wrong weather temperature as it thinks I'm on the other side of the country
Superuser
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Re: Wrong IP location

It looks like the Chromecast uses the geo-location of your IP which will be London.
David
cobbarnfarm
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Re: Wrong IP location

I've just switched to PlusNet and now find on Google I am seeing ads local to Aberdeen when I live 400 miles away in Tunbridge Wells. This is a particular problem as I control Google Ad words for my website within a 15 mile radius of Tunbridge Wells and now none of my ads appear. Entering my location into Google does not help. Any suggestions?
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Re: Wrong IP location

Have you gone paid the £5 fee to change to a fixed IP? If not each time you reconnect the IP you get could be anywhere in the country depending on the previous user of the IP.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Re: Wrong IP location

Does having a fixed IP make any difference, I don't think it does. I have two, and Goggle will give me different locations, none of which are anywhere near me!
If it does make a difference then how long does the new location data take to propagate through the system?