Question on Websites knowing your location (geo-targeting maybe) - weird scenario at our company

When people in our HQ location use MSN Weather or Google Maps the browser's act as if they are at another location where our company has a Factory.    The network layout is an HQ and Factory building each in different states, we have a MPLS tunnel between our two locations, the routes at the Factory are so that all internet access from the Factory comes across the tunnel and out of the HQ location's Firewall.    With that said I would expect the opposite to be happening!  Any ideas why that may be?  Thank you!

Also to add.  What's my IP and Geolocation tests from multiple machines show the public IP address of the Firewall in HQ and that the IP is located where HQ is.    So again, more confusion to why sites would acts as if we are at another location when geolcation shows correctly
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Shalom CarmelCTOCommented:
Is it on PCs or on mobile devices connected to your HQ wifi?
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
What he asked and a ponderance on cookies.  Is the website asking if it can find your location?  It should be.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Have you tried multiple geolocation sites on your external IP

Sites like Google do quite a lot of cookie based location too  - if there's sufficient traffic from the factory site out to the web that includes info relevant to the factory location there'll be a critical mass of metadata around the HQ IP portal to say "ignore the IP Provider's geography and use the information from the users to locate this address" generic connections directly from the HQ out will get "relocated" accordingly as overall there has to be a single physical location for the IP.

Is this a problem for you or more of academic interest?  If you really need to split the two push all the HQ traffic through a proxy with a different external. 3-4 months later you'll see the two locations separating as you end up with different flavor cookies :).

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sugadminAuthor Commented:
shalomc   - It's PC's connected to the LAN via Copper

Davis McCarn - I've been using Chrome incongnito (I believe that does not use/cache cookies?) and from sites like MSN weather I'll click the Detect My Location icon and it will show the factory location. Regardless of he incognito mode users get the factory location also.  I security get a prompt from Chrome asking if I will allow the browser to see my location, yes  -  then shows factory location.

☠ MASQ ☠ - I've used,,, and another one.. they all show the HQ location.  I like the idea that it's metadata observation!    It's not really an issue, I just get questions on it all the time and some people in IT speculate our traffic is going out the door at the factory site (which is not the case).   Well, with that said maybe it is a problem for me :-\   but, I love learning too so it's also academic interest.  I like that idea.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Here in Charlotte, I'm on Time Warner and most of the time, if I am looking at local stores, they think I'm in a different zip code several miles away.  It took me a while to figure out that that is where T/W's com center for my area is and that is what they get fed.
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