Apparatus and method for transparent selection of an Internet server based on geographic location of a user

  • US 7,310,686 B2
  • Filed: 10/27/2002
  • Issued: 12/18/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus for selecting the optimum location of a network service based on a user'"'"'s geographical location and the configuration of the apparatus by transparently altering Domain Name Service (DNS) messages, the apparatus comprising:

  • at least two network interfaces, anda processor that captures data packets through the network interfaces, analyzes captured packets, determines the user'"'"'s geo-location, and modifies the question section, the answer section, or both, of DNS messages according to the user'"'"'s geo-location to direct the user to the optimum server within the network service.

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