January 28, 2006

Where in the World is Coudersport?

For a while, I've been noticing something odd. Whenever my site logs ME in as a new visitor (sometimes the blocking cookie gets misplaced or deleted, I think), it shows me coming from Coudersport, Pennsylvania. I've never been there and have no idea where it is. I figured it was something odd with Statcounter, but it just happened on someone else's site.

I guess the IP number shows up as being based there. I figured it was pretty close, but I was wrong. It's over 450 miles from here, in northern Pennsylvania.

So I'm asking the techno-savvy readers out there -- WHY in the WORLD is it showing up like this????

Posted by: Warren Kelly at 06:09 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 The powers that control the Internet do not allocate IP addresses by geographic location. If a company in Boston gets twenty IP addresses to use, they can delegate those addresses to any field office they want, and the stat counters won't know the difference. Stat counters aren't all that accurate. Perhaps your ISP is using equipment or IP addresses that was once in Coudersport, and the stat counters' lists just haven't caught up yet.

Posted by: Ryan DeBarr at January 28, 2006 08:20 PM (EZnB/)

2 I figured it was something like that. Odd thing is, sometimes I show up correctly. I guess it depends on the stat counter.

Posted by: Warren at January 28, 2006 08:46 PM (DPRNU)

3 Just checked -- Sitemeter has me listed correctly. It must be a Statcounter thing.

Posted by: Warren at January 28, 2006 08:47 PM (DPRNU)

4 I've noticed differences in accuracy between IP stat products. You're not imagining things. Statcounter, etc., frequently put people on the wrong continent.

Posted by: Ryan DeBarr at January 29, 2006 10:52 PM (EZnB/)

5 That's part of the reason I use two different counters. Actually, I have the code for three (one is a hidden counter), but I haven't looked at the third one in so long I don't even remember the password.

Posted by: Warren at January 29, 2006 11:06 PM (DPRNU)

6 Coudersport was Adelphia's headquarters. The network registration record is: Registrant: Make this info private Adelphia Communications Corp. Main at Water Coudersport, PA 16915 US

Posted by: Greg at January 30, 2006 04:19 PM (PZjIq)

7 You can try http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm to check your IP's location.

Posted by: Greg at January 30, 2006 04:46 PM (PZjIq)

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