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EPIC FAIL : Why does the Internet think iPads & iPhones are in Wichita, Kansas and/or somewhere other than where they are?

When on the Internet via AT&T Wireless, iPhones & iPads (including mine) are getting an IP 166.xxx.xxx.xxx?!?

This possibly explains the delays after pressing [enter]? Not seeing same issues when connected via Wi-Fi & other connections. Internet speeds would increase if AT&T would fix these issues. It would be more efficient to connect via servers closer, ya think?

Where does the Internet think your iPad & iPhone are?

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asked Jul 04 '10 at 14:27

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Try the free speedtest app -- it shows an external IP address of 66.xx.xx.xxx at least for me located in San Antonio, Texas.

Can't test on my iPad since it's the wifi-only model.

answered Jul 04 '10 at 14:31

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ageekmom ♦

same test results on iPhone apps.

Yes. ipconfig does show a different IP Address 68.xxx.xxx.xxx

Here's who owns this Block of IP Addresses:

OrgName: Sprint Nextel Corporation OrgID: SPRIN-86 Address: 6391 Sprint Parkway City: Overland Park StateProv: KS PostalCode: 66251-4300 Country: US

Here's who owns the 166.xxx.xxx.xxx Block of IP Addresses:

OrgName: Service Provider Corporation OrgID: SPC-10 Address: 73 Old Dublin Pike Address: Suite 10 #315 City: Doylestown StateProv: PA PostalCode: 18901-2491 Country: US

These Servers are far! Far!! FAR THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY!!!

(Jul 04 '10 at 14:38) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

Mine goes to Sayerville, NJ. Closest server to me.

(Jul 04 '10 at 14:54) AppleHack23 AppleHack23's gravatar image

I'll do more tests, and survey other iPhone & iPad connections.

(Jul 04 '10 at 16:07) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

I think that's where AT&T has the main servers located, or maybe just the ones closest to you. I have a Sprint phone and it says I'm in Canada.

answered Jul 04 '10 at 17:08

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Liam Quade

It actually is an epic fail for the users, because, as others have noted, physical distance from servers does in fact mean slower response times. While it is not financially possible to deploy enough servers so that every user always has a physically nearby server during peak usage times, AT&T's chronically awful (consistently the worst of all major carriers in USA) customer satisfaction ratings show that it has consistently erred on the side of charging highest price for their service, without then using those dollars to invest in beefing up their infrastructure by adding capacity. They seem to choose, in North America at least, to trap their users with super high contract cancellation fees, then stick them with an extremely poor performing network. They also choose to pay their CEO and top lieutenants a ton of money for running such a poor performing organization. Curious set of priorities they have over there. http://www.google.com/search?q=ATT+customer+satisfaction+ratings http://www.google.com/search?q=ATT+CEO+overpaid

answered Mar 22 '12 at 14:44

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My iPhone (that's on Simple Mobile) thinks it's in Atlanta, Georgia for some reason.. and I'm up here in NYC. However if I switch to my T-Mobile SIM, it reverts back to my local server in NYC.

answered Mar 22 '12 at 18:03

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DJ Scooby Doo

AT&T Wireless Test Results are better today, but still not good. AT&T seems to be Throttling ...

Traffic shaping (also known as "packet shaping" or ITMPs: Internet Traffic Management Practices) is the control of computer network traffic in order to optimize or guarantee performance, improve latency[clarification needed], and/or increase usable bandwidth by delaying packets that meet certain criteria.[1] More specifically, traffic shaping is any action on a set of packets (often called a stream or a flow) which imposes additional delay on those packets such that they conform to some predetermined constraint (a contract or traffic profile).[2] Traffic shaping provides a means to control the volume of traffic being sent into a network in a specified period (bandwidth throttling), or the maximum rate at which the traffic is sent (rate limiting), or more complex criteria such as GCRA. This control can be accomplished in many ways and for many reasons; however traffic shaping is always achieved by delaying packets. Traffic shaping is commonly applied at the network edges to control traffic entering the network, but can also be applied by the traffic source (for example, computer or network card[3]) or by an element in the network. Traffic policing is the distinct but related practice of packet dropping and packet marking.[4] > more


answered Jul 05 '10 at 20:36

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Still not sure how this equates to an AT&T "epic fail". Throttling ensures the greatest number of users have connectivity. The whole point of the Internet is to distribute packets far & wide rather than across the nearest or same single path 100% of the time.

(Jul 05 '10 at 21:00) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

That's a big balancing act. Latency & High Ping Times prevents me from entering the winning bid on ebay, within seconds of auction end.

(Jul 05 '10 at 21:19) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

you may have actually been in Wichita, Kansas for a short while during the test and then teleported back before you noticed...

answered Mar 23 '12 at 18:00

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