IP locators utilize Google Maps to provide a visual representation of the geographical location data that is associated with the IP address being used as the search variable. The Google Maps display typically only shows an approximate geographic location and is displayed in conjunction with other types of information, such as the ISP of the IP address, ZIP code, state and time zone. The process of pairing a geographical location with an IP address is referred to as geolocation.
IP locators, such as those found on IPFingerPrints.com, AddGadgets.com and IPLocation.net, generally allows a person to use an IP address as a variable for search discovery. Certain websites integrate the Google Maps display directly on their results page, while others prompt the user to open a new window.
An IP address is the identification number of a particular network adapter, with each computer generally having its own unique address. As of 2015, there are two types of IP addresses, which are the IPv4 and the IPv6. The IPv4 is limited to just over four billion unique addresses. The IPv6 is estimated to have over 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses in its system. Just over 3.3 billion of the IPv4 addresses have been assigned to network adapters around the world.