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IPs Geo-location

What is IP-based geolocation?

IP-based geolocation is a technique used to determine the real-world geographic location of the device through which you are connected to the Internet. This means that each IP address or range of IP addresses must have a record of its location, such as its address, city, country, operator/manager, among others.

How can I obtain information about an IP address or an IP address range?

All IP address ranges assigned in Latin America and the Caribbean are registered in the LACNIC database and can be queried through the whois service. More information: http://www.lacnic.net/1002/1/lacnic/whois

Why would someone want to know the real-world location of an IP address or range of IP addresses?

Many websites and online services must be able to identify where their visitors are located, either to display the website in the user's native language, automatically fill in online forms, or produce better search results based on the user's location. It is also essential to increase the security of online services, as it offers e-commerce operators the chance to reduce fraud or restrict access to their services to certain countries or regions.

How can I obtain bulk information to use IP-based geolocation on my website?

Every day, LACNIC publishes a list of all assignments and sub-assignments made in the Latin American and Caribbean region. This publication is available for download at the following links:

- ftp://ftp.lacnic.net/lacnic/dbase/lacnic.db.gz
- http://ftp.lacnic.net/lacnic/dbase/lacnic.db.gz

Reading the information contained in the file

The following is a list of the information included in the file:

• aut-num: Shows the Autonomous System Number assigned by LACNIC.
• inetnum: Shows the IPv4 address block that has been assigned, along with its prefix. Example: 123.234.123/24
• inet6num: Shows the IPv6 address block that has been assigned, along with its prefix. Example: 2801:1b8::/44
• city: Shows the city where the organization which received the block is located.
• country: Shows the country where the organization which received the block is located.
• created: Shows the date on which the record for the block was created.
• changed: Shows the date on which the record for the block was modified.
• status: Shows the type of IPv4 or IPv6 assignment. There are four possible statuses:

 

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