Alaska is an interesting place and speed is OK.

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  • Acknowledged is showing computer in Alaska.  Better Fairbanks or Anchorage than Nome I suppose. 
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Martin Seebach

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  • That Alaska is a long ways to retrieve each xmt/recv from. Why do I rarely show in California where I and your modem/dish live? Mostly Oregon with occasional forays to Alaska and Canada. The last 2 are a minimum of 1800 miles. Even at 186.000 miles per se

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Old Labs (VS1-329-L12FZ)

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IP addresses say nothing about your physical location and the only thing that is certain about them is the owner of the IP address. You can use any of the "whois" sites to determine the registered owner of your IP address (ranges are assigned by ISP), but you'll only find that your IP address is registered to Viasat ( not its physical location. as well as other sites use a few different mechanisms to determine your location - there are several articles on their support site that describe how they determine your physical location based upon your IP address:

None of these methodologies are 100% accurate and provide even worse accuracy for satellite internet connections. For all intents and purposes, your physical point of presence on the internet is the gateway that you've been assigned to. You can estimate the gateway you've been assigned to using:   

In your case (California and since you don't say exactly where), your gateway could be Honolulu HI, Milford UT, Denver CO, or Tuscon AZ (even Riverside CA if on an augmented beam). Your results would seem to indicate you're on either the Honolulu or Milford UT gateway - those service northern CA and points north including Alaska.   

As far as I know, Viasat has never publicly stated how they allocate IP address blocks (whether that be on a gateway basis or other), and it's really not relevant since your IP address is subject to change since most sites will use a IP Geolocation  (GeoIP) service to guess your physical location. In many cases it's coming from a database that tracks your IP address when you register for that site and provide an address - once an IP address changes and is assigned to someone else  however, the information becomes outdated. It's entirely possible and likely that your current IP address was assigned to someone known to be in Alaska at one point and that is what's reflected ion the GeoIP database. It really depends on the geolocation service used and that service's methodology.

All of this really explains why when  I shop at and visit Home Depot's site they think I'm in Denver while Lowe's at least puts me in the right state of Virginia - only when I login with my account do they know where I am with 100% accuracy. Other sites typically think I'm in Salt Lake City since that's where my core node is (not to be confused with gateway and another topic altogether - not even sure it's called core node anymore). Yet others want to insist I'm in and around Carlsbad CA, which is where Viasat's corporate headquarters is located.

Sorry for the lengthy explanation, but it's complicated - even far more than what's "briefly described" here. A Google search on "IP address geolocation" will keep you busy with reading material and is likely further complicated by depletion of IPV4 addresses. The short explanation/translation...

GeoIP is all guesswork (except for mobile devices having GPS capabilities) and for satellite the guesses are wild at best   - for speed test sites pick a speed test server nearby your gateway or core node if that level of accuracy is required.

For Home Depot, remember to specify pickup location to avoid a lengthy drive ;)

We now return to our regularly scheduled programing... slow speeds, new plans, 80s movies and anime. All things considered, I'd rather be in Alaska... on satellite in all cases you're at least 44000 miles away from your destination anyway and the return trip isn't any shorter.