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Unread 31st March 2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

I read that, if you use a mobile "hot spot" (personal wifi) device, every time you power it on and power it off, you get a DIFFERENT IP address.

Is that right?

I'm thinking of buying a T-Mobile hot spot device (pre-paid, no contract version), so I want to make sure it WILL accomplish what I described.

Yes? No?

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Default Re: Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

Usually, yes.

The device is handed an IP dynamically when it connects, so shutting it off and then reconnecting will cause the device to request a new dynamic IP from the ISP.

That does not mean that the new IP will be different than the old IP.

That depends on they way they have set the system to manage IPs.

Systems can be set to always assign the same IP to a device if possible. In that case you would only get a different IP if your last one is not available.

Also, those IPs would only be from the (large) block assigned to your ISP.
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Default Re: Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

Just knew that. I have my own mobile device, actually that's really a good thing about it. As I want to have different IPs.
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Default Re: Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

Yes, it's true.

Every time I turn on my hotspot I do get a new IP address. However one number is never that far from the last. Maybe just the last two or three (don't remember exactly) numbers being different.

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Default Re: Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

You will have different IP Addresses. However, they are on the same "block" or something, and they will be traced to your Internet Service Provider who can disclose your identity if you want to make stupid things online. You can check on Ip address lookup. Find IP address exact location. that whenever you lookup a different IP Address assigned in the same network, you will get the same results.

If you just want to use it to build a lot of forum accounts or something simmilar, the owner can ban you the entire C block, for example if he notices that a lot of new users coming from these IP Addresses:

123.123.123.1
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123.123.123.200

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Default Re: Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

OK, I just did a little experiment and found it was the last four numbers that changed. I restarted my smart phone and from my lap top, which is online via the hotspot of my cell phone I found the last four numbers changed.

xx.xxx.xx.xx

changed to (* represent the changes)

xx.xxx.**.**

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Default Re: Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

George,

Even assuming the last two octets changed, that could be from 2 to 6 digits. Also, some mobile systems are likely to have "disconnected" chunks of IP space, which could mean the whole thing changes.

It's going to get weirder when IPv6 is more widely used. You could end up with a whole block assigned to your device, and have different IPs for each app, and one for the device itself. Who knows what they'll do with that kind of address space?


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Default Re: Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

The reason I want to know is, if "SOMEONE" (not ME y'understand!) were to use that capability to post on craigslist using different accounts.

Would the changing IP's (using hot spot) accomplish the level of changing, to sufficienty confound CL?

Please advise.

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Default Re: Is this true? (re: mobile hot spot device)...

Why don't you have someone, not you of course, test it and see?

I'm thinking that this is not Craigslist first day on the Internet. I'll also bet that they have heard of dynamically allocated IP addresses before.

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