Why is the IP of my droplet in SF02 seen as being in Canada?

January 24, 2018 1.5k views

I spun up a droplet in SF02. The IP address assigned to that droplet is seen as being in Toronto Canada. I expected, and hoped, that it would have been seen as being in the United States.

Is there a reason for this?

Is there anything that can be done to ensure the IP address is “located” within the United States?

1 Answer

Because GeoIP, especially for server IPs, is very unreliable. Why does it matter?

  • Hmm. You say, as others often like to claim, that GeoIP is unreliable, yet most web-sites I’ve visited all place the IP in the same location, Toronto CA. That includes sites like whatsmyip.com and speedtest.net.

    I work with a company that utilizes geolocation to optimize server selection. It has been very reliable for us. So, people need to stop dismissing these questions by simply claiming GeoIP is unreliable.

    It matters because there are sites that restrict access based upon location. And, more and more sites are doing the same. There are other sites that will throw up a Captcha because they detect an access from outside the Country and they want to verify the access is not from a bot of some sort. It matters!

    So, back to my main question …

    Is there anything that can be done to ensure the assigned IP is identified as being within the United States?

    • That’s because the majority of sites use the MaxMind database. There’s nothing you can do.

      • I was able to find other GeoIP sources that put the address in Santa Clara.

        Accepted though frustrated.

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