Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm looking for a web-based or desktop app that I enter my IP, MAC Address, and whatever values I can access and it tells me exactly where I am.

I know about browser geolocation data, but how can I know my address with detail without a browser? I searched for related software and didn't found anything, sites like http://www.geoiptool.com/ only requesting my IP address aren't accurate.

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Moses, ncdownpat, Kevin Panko, random May 21 at 2:54

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they become outdated quickly and attract opinion-based answers. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. Share your research. Here are a few suggestions on how to properly ask this type of question." – Moses, ncdownpat, Kevin Panko, random
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
Can you be more specific of the type of tool you are looking for? Do you want it to be a web app? a desktop app? a mobile app? Here is some information about geolocation software: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geolocation_software (pay attention to the external links section at the bottom) –  MaQleod Sep 8 '11 at 4:29
    
I'm sorry about not being detailed. I want a web-based or desktop app. The geolocations that figures on that page, only requests for an IP address, and aren't accurate. –  Veehmot Sep 8 '11 at 4:34
    
Are you a fiend for drink and drugs so much that you often do not know where you are? –  paradroid Sep 8 '11 at 11:42
    
@Veehmot - It doesn't seem you understand how geolocation works. You cannot find your location based on your mac address, those values are not unique, so its not an accurate way to track your location. Your ip address also is not a accurate way to track your location. You can find the location of your isp, based on some information, this provides a city. In order to find your location as a user of the isp, you have to have some other form of data, i.e. public wifi network, in order to do so which requires a database of THOSE locations. –  Ramhound Sep 8 '11 at 11:57

2 Answers 2

Unless you are using a device that has access to anything more accurate (for location purposes) than the IP address (e.g. GPS, Wifi network or cellular network cell) and your software has access to that data, then by definition you are limited to the information that can be gathered from IP address and things such as locale settings. In general, without more information IP address can't give you anything better than ISP resolution, and locale settings can't give anyting better than country/time zone resolution.

share|improve this answer
    
Some ISPs group their internal network by their position. If you know exactly where you are located and then collect the different router IPs (traceroute) used by your connections you can create a mapping between IPs and their location. Especially for fast DSL connections the maximum wire limited to about 1 km which. This allows sometimes a relative accurate guess of your position. –  Robert Sep 8 '11 at 17:14

In HTML5 there is the Geo location API that allows to query from within a web-site the location of a user based on the location devices available on client side. In Smartphobes this means that it is possible to use the GPS receiver (if the user allows it) for detecting an exact position.

For desktop systems it depends on the web-browser which location system is used.

Try it yourself: http://html5demos.com/geo

share|improve this answer
    
Is there a software that can do exactly the same thing, but without using a browser? That page works great, I have nearby wifi access points, etc. –  Veehmot Sep 8 '11 at 16:18
    
If it works great for you this is coincidence. In my case it is for the one ISP good (~900m) ifor the other really far away (>15km). In the end it is again an IP based position detection. But it's a different one than the one you have tested and therefore you get other (better/worse) results. –  Robert Sep 8 '11 at 17:08

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.