Blocking someone from my website based on IP using PHP

I have this guy who keeps coming to my message board and I want to prevent him from messing it up.

How can I block his entire city and/or state from coming to my site?

And incase he uses a proxy, how can I block all proxies also?

Thanks
davideo7Asked:
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khyer123Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Let's take the IP address 128.114.10.10, which belongs to UC, Santa Cruz
Look up the IP address at this site http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp
Select "IP address" and type in the IP address
In there, there's a field  called CIDR, which in this case is 128.114.0.0/16. The 0's represent octets that can have a value from 0-255. They're wildcards, and you can replace them with *'s in the PHP code. So, you code would look like this:

<?php
$deny = "128.114.*";
if (in_array ($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'], $deny)) {
   header("location: not_authorized_page.php");
   exit();
} ?>

I would say that you're probably pretty safe blocking the class B subnet (any site that matches the first two numbers). This will ensure that nobody from the user's ISP can get to your site, but it also blocks 65000 IP addresses, and doesn't prevent him from using a different computer at another location.
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khyer123Commented:
How to block IP with php: http://perishablepress.com/press/2007/07/03/how-to-block-ip-addresses-with-php/

You can't block all proxies without knowing the IP addresses of all proxies.
And why would you block his entire city and/or state from coming to you site? It's not like he can just ask for a different IP address. Besides, IP addresses are assigned by ISP, and not by city or state.

But, if you really want to know, do a whois of the IP address: http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp
And block the entire subnet (The CIDR field)
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davideo7Author Commented:
What do you mean by 'block the entire subnet' ?
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khyer123Commented:
Generally, an IP is on a subnet, meaning a range of IP addresses. The user is usually stuck with the same IP for a couple of weeks, but it can be renewed and there's a chance he gets a different one. the new address will be on the same subnet (range of addresses). You'll want to block that subnet to prevent him from getting to your site, even if he gets a new IP address.

this of course does not prevent the user from going to a coffee shop, library, workplace, school, etc where they are on a different subnet. Subnets are not geographically fixed, so there's no way for you to block his city or state. Blocking a single person from a website may be impossible. don't forget, that any other legit users from your blocked addresses won't be able to access either.
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davideo7Author Commented:
So how would I block his his subnet?
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khyer123Commented:
What is the IP address of the user? Without giving you a subnetting lesson, which is basically a huge chunk of a CCNA certification, it would be difficult to tell you.
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davideo7Author Commented:
Can't you use any IP address as an example?  I haven't got his IP yet
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davideo7Author Commented:
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