Support » Plugin: Geolocation IP Detection » Testing IP lookups, some are “incorrect”?

  • commadelimited

    (@commadelimited)


    Greetings,

    First off, thanks for this plugin. It’s well written and easy to use.

    I’m evaluating usage by running lookups against known IP blocks from this website:
    https://lite.ip2location.com/ip-address-ranges-by-country

    I selected the “Automatic download & update of Maxmind GeoIP Lite City” option, and my DB was last updated on: April 27, 2021 9:16 pm

    In most cases the lookups return the expected country, but in more cases than I would expect it returned the incorrect country. A few test cases:

    
    208.49.181.253 <- Expected Brazil, Returns: United States
    85.95.25.93 <- Expected France, Returns: United Kingdom
    5.254.103.205 <- Expected Spain, Returns: United Kingdom
    46.33.65.69 <- Expected Spain, Returns: Netherlands
    

    I found a number of others, but those were from IP blocks with a low “count” (I’m unsure specifically what that means). Whereas IP ranges with “high counts” were universally accurate.

    I’m not immediately put off by this, but of the perhaps 100+ IP addresses that I tested from that website about 10% of them were incorrect. Are you able to offer insight into the expectations of the various data sources? I understand that you’re not responsible for the data, but do you have suggestions as to which one offers the highest degree of accuracy at the country level?

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