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There is always such a requirement in a multilingual portal website – how can I detect the geoIP of the incoming request.

By googling around, you will find quite a lot of articles on MaxMind. MaxMind provide reliable and accurate information based on the IP you query against. Of course, there will be some charges when you subscribe their services (GEOIP2). Below is some of the advantages of using GeoIP2

  1. GeoIP2 covers 99.9999% of IP addresses in use.
  2. GeoIP2 data is updated on weekly basis
  3. GeoIP2 precision service is 99.98% since 2002

*above information is copied from their website 😛

For some budget constraint client, they will squeeze you to have some workaround to get free data .. *faint .. But no worry, MaxMind does provide some free and open source data – GeoLite legacy. The name does imply that the free GeoIP data is an outdated version (the…

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