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Decoding and Tracing an IP Address

August 9, 2011 at 22:20:41
Specs: Windows 7
Ok, i am not trying to spy, or creep, or anything like that on anyone. I also know that if i wanted to learn where a certain IP address was located, i could easily use one of many websites to find out. What I want to know is what each number of ones IP address means. Lets take a random ip - 72.28.456.98 (seriously, random numbers i just thought of) What do each number mean anyway? How is the computer located with each set of numbers? And is there a table or anything somewhere that shows what numbers belong with what geographical location?

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August 10, 2011 at 00:11:36
There's no particular logic behind the numbers, although broad address ranges are assigned to particular countries. Use the "whois" tool to track the owner of a particular IP address.

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August 10, 2011 at 07:31:52
Those numbers are the "dotted decimal" representation of the underlying binary numbers.

As to what they mean, do some searching on google. A quick search of "subnetting made easy" yielded the following:

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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August 13, 2011 at 01:57:29
yea, i was just wondering how to manually find that stuff out. Like which ISP's are assigned which ip's and which ip's are assigned to which country and stuff, just for fun :P im just learning about the internet and stuff and this all fascinates me

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August 13, 2011 at 08:40:06
As I said, use whois. You can use it via the web. Just Google "whois".

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August 13, 2011 at 11:29:37
ok, thanks everyone for the help and advice

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