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IP adresses - for Steve zipcode and other interest
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Gerrit    Posted 11-12-2004 at 14:51:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Although I have a feeling we've had this discussion before, let me try to to explain the IP number thing once more.

Every computer in the internet has an IP address. This is needed to identify the particular computer so emails and other stuff go to the right computer ( you get your email,I get mine.. )

Depending on your conection type and your ISP ( internet service provider ) you get an IP address.

- If you have DSL you get your own IP address. It's yours and it stays yours until you cancel your DSL contract.

- If you connect to the internet via AOL ( and maybe some other big ISP's ) you connect via a so called proxy server. I won't explain the proxy server system here, only the effects of it.
If you connect via a proxy server, a group of subscriber seemingly have the same IP address at the same time. This is not your exclusive IP addy, it is the IP of the proxy server. The proxy server "know" who is who and delivers the info to the right computer.

- If you connect via another ISP via dial-up, you get an exclusive IP addy form your ISP which stays the smae as long as you stay connected. This IP address is not shared with others like when you connect through AOL. Wheneven you log off and log on again, you get another IP addy from the pool of your ISP.

When you do a search for an IP address and it returns an AOL IP address, there is no way you can tell who this address belongs to because more than 1 computer have this IP address at the same time.
When the whois search return another ISP, you know which to which ISP the computer is connected. Example: If the whois of an IP address on this board returns prtc net, you can be almost sure that either Patria or me was the poster. As far as I know no other posters here are connected to this ISP. For other ISP's it gets more difficult..

steve19438    Posted 11-12-2004 at 20:49:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks!!! another day and something new learned.

walt    Posted 11-12-2004 at 17:38:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just adding a comment.

"When you do a search for an IP address and it returns an AOL IP address, there is no way you can tell who this address belongs to because more than 1 computer have this IP address at the same time."

The ISP who you went through can identify you, but not anyone who is using an ISP search feature. This is how law enforcement can track down posters, emails, etc.

postman    Posted 11-12-2004 at 17:58:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
what if i use the library puter

walt    Posted 11-12-2004 at 19:48:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you notice on library computers, you have to sign up to use them. The library keeps track, and the ISP they go through knows it the library computer.

Gerrit    Posted 11-12-2004 at 17:48:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right! Thanks, Walt!

Ron/PA    Posted 11-12-2004 at 14:55:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sooooo, If I post here, kick Patria in the shins, and sign yer name to it, I prolly won't get away with it will I?? LOL

deadcarp-steady now, ron    Posted 11-12-2004 at 20:04:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
once a person shares their secret ingrediments with me, i'm on their team. tater salad will never be boring again. or in plain english, "nyanya nya nyanya!" :)

Gerrit    Posted 11-12-2004 at 15:01:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You definitely won't get away with that, Ron :-)
But then again I'm pretty sure you wouldn't do something like that ..

Have a nice evening

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