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IP and Zip Code on asp/mvc app

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Two helps from experts.

1. Assume I have a website, and I want to capture the IP from the user.
2. Once the IP is obtained, I want to convert to zip code.

I need some helps how to get both working on MVC 3 asp app.

Thanks
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by:Dave Baldwin
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You can get the IP address from the SERVER variables.  But an IP address belongs to the ISP, not the individual.  Even if you can convert it, the zip code will be that of the ISP, not the individual.
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That is ok. I still want it.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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For the IP address, you get it from the server variables.  Look for 'remote_address' on this page: http://www.w3schools.com/asp/coll_servervariables.asp

I use MaxMind's free GeoIP services.  http://www.maxmind.com/en/geolocation_landing  I use the PHP version but there is an ASP.NET version on their site also.
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Thank You. But I hope to find something for free....
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Look harder at that page.  I'm using the free version.
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by:solution1368
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no idea how to get it.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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On this page http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geoip2/geolite2/ are links for the free databases and the APIs including one for C#.
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by:solution1368
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Thank. But I don't really want to install any databases. Any API i can use without the database installed?
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Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
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All you have to do is upload it.  It is a stand-alone file, not something that goes in an SQL server.  I doubt that there is anything simpler since there is a lot of information to look thru.  The API code reads the info from that database file.
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I don't want to upload those files. A simple service call will be preferable. Thanks
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by:solution1368
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I finally use your idea. It works.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Glad to help.
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If you are looking for a service I have checked out Location Data.  I think they will meet your needs.  I think they are at locationdata.com
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