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my actual location

I am using a desktop computer

track my location using a browser

googlemaps, other browser programs thinks my location is 100miles a way

how to correct
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rgb192
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Connect using a local wifi link.  Your location is based on your current external IP address.  That could be a long way from where you actually are especially if you are on a corporate network.
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
Two ways.

1) As previously stated, the IP address assigned to your PC (or outside router interface) has geographical significance. It's called "Geolocation". Depending on your ISP, it could be within a few miles or nowhere near where you are.

http://www.infosniper.net/


2) WAP MAC address. Google teamed up with Skyhook Wireless who has cars that record the location of Wireless Access Points. Based on what WAP you're connected to will determine your location.

http://www.skyhookwireless.com
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rgb192Author Commented:
But can I change this information.  Because some websites do not allow me to enter zip code and just go by what they think is my location
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
That's the limitation of geolocation.  My home IP maps to around 50 miles of where I am. If I connect to a wireless "hotspot" mapping is usually less then a mile.  If I use a cellphone or MiFi connection it's within about 20 feet. The latter uses triangulation technology but the first two use geolocation based on the external IP.

If it's important to you to get your IP mapped more accurately and you have a fixed IP then you can talk to your provider about better reporting.  Personally I prefer my actual location to be unknown.
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
>But can I change this information.

If you're talking about IP address based location, no. That is up to you ISP. Most larger ones have pretty accurate maps that they report with.
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rgb192Author Commented:
isnt there a browser tool that I can enter my zip code
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
No. It's not about the zip code. It's based on your IP address.

If you want google maps to always start from a particular location, click on the "default location" on the left and enter the address.
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rgb192Author Commented:
Default location solves googlemaps.  But there are other apps.  Are there other ideas
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
No. Since your location is based on your IP address, it's up to your ISP.
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rgb192Author Commented:
thanks for the details
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