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changing ip address 'geoip'

psham

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looking for a piece of software that will let me access websites that restrict access by your ip address if you are from a different country..
 

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You will find any software based solution won't work unless the site is poorly written. What you are looking for a public proxy server. Free ones do exist but don't expect downloads to be very quick. Try googling 'free proxy server' or start here,

http://www.anonymousproxylists.net/
 

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So this is saying that based on IP address you will get redirected if the web site you are visiting uses this service (like the BBC does).

Basically there are two ways of detecting your location.

First run a script which pulls the region information from your PC. This is how hotmail works, you can see the region information in the HTTP string being sent back to the site.

The second way is to check the IP address of your PC and compare that against a look up table, this is how geodirection service works. Of it can be wrong if your IP address is incorrectly registered but the companies sellings these lookup tables have been doing it for years, uses sources like ICANN and have pretty accurate tables.

There is an interesting article here,

http://courseblog.cs.princeton.edu/spring06/wws528f/?cat=4


What my post was saying is that website you are visiting can easily defect software proxy because software proxy cannot change IP information added by your ISP router so the website knows where to return the page you are trying to view.

If you want to know if your proxy is working then you can visit a page like this which will show you what the redirector service sees.

http://www.ip2location.com/free.asp
 
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geo redirection remains the best way of redirecting users based on their IP address if they do not have access to the infrastructure of their web servers etc.

The article suggests that you get the geographic info from the user via some javascript, then use that on the server to deliver the pages you want that user to see. Its quicker and easier than setting up a proxy to do just the same thing.

The only sites I have ever worked with that use proxies for redirection like this have been quite huge. Using a server side script to do this (such as .net or PHP) is a much more economical way of doing this for smaller sites.
 

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I think the original poster asked for a way of defeating geo-redirection, not building a web site that implemented geo-redirection.
 

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I have to say that geo-redirection is a pain. By default my work computer breaks out onto the public internet outside of the UK which stops the BBC website from working properly. My company has told BBC and then it will work for a while and then stop again.
 

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What because it is funded by UK taxpayers ?

I can understand there being issues with the viewing some of the shows, but I can get to shows in some US channels from the UK.
 
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I think it is more to do with licenses for sports events.

For example, the BBC may have the rights to a match in the UK, but in other countries other broadcasters have those rights and some of those may be fee charging.

So, to stop someone in spain for instance watching England v Spain, they need to restrict access to UK only.
 

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That would make sense. It is still a pain through.

I noticed that you cannot view full matches on iPlayer but your can watch MOTD.
 
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well, its still in its infancy isnt it? The iPlayer I mean.

The BBC has shown live matches on the internet for ages now, I remember watching Euro 2004 on the internet for some maches.
 

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geoip

Thanks for your input lads...
Some interesting reading.. I think ill be accessing through a proxy server from now on..