ACSP Suggestion 2010.12: Physical location data of routers with IPv6 addresses


Author: Nathan Meryash   
Submitted On: 08 July 2010


This is a suggestion for IPv6. It would be great if IPv6 did a better job of collecting the physical location data of routers with IPv6 addresses. This would be beneficial when troubleshooting network issues and planning network development. Tools like traceroute and visualroute often map the physical path of data based on the address of the registrant whom leases an IP address which often differs from the actual physical location of the routing device. Thus when a company leases an IPv6 address they should be required to provide the physical location of where that IP address will be used not the physical location of their mailing address for instance.

I appreciate your consideration and would be happy to follow up by email if you have any questions.

Timeframe: Immediate

Status: Closed   Updated: 23 July 2010

Tracking Information

ARIN Comment

23 July 2010

ARIN allocates blocks of IP addresses to individual organizations. Those organizations then assign addresses to other organizations or utilize them within their networks. It is not in ARIN’s charter, nor do we have the visibility to track physical locations of those IP addresses.

However, there are a number of firms that provide geo-location services to locate specific IP addresses that you can hook into your application if you so desire. ARIN cannot specifically recommend any particular vendor for this sort of service.

Thank you for participating in the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process. This suggestion is now considered closed.