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Re: mid-session IP changes, AOL and who else?
No one has mentioned this yet... The IP changes come from AOLs usage of HTTP
proxies. At least several years ago it was common knowledge (at least I
knew it...) that all AOL users are forced to use a small number of HTTP
proxies. Your observation suggests that this is still the case today. The
IP changes are probably caused by a load-balancing system that routes every
request to a random proxy machine.
And it is not just AOL that does such a thing. There are many office/company
networks that require the usage of a HTTP proxy for outgoing connections.
And once a single machine gets too small to handle the traffic, multiple
machines with different IPs and some form of load-balancing is used
(routing each request to a random proxy is easy to implement and
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