Why does Fing show my location as New Delhi, IN, when I'm NOT in New Delhi? Is my device hacked???

ShemrezShemrez Member Posts: 2
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So I've been running Fing regularly to check my network speed and the devices connected to it, but the location says "New Delhi, IN" when I'm actually in Islamabad, PK...
I'm attaching the screenshot below to show the speed test results - which are weird because my location is shown as "New Delhi, IN" whereas my network is ranked among the top 25% in Islamabad (which is my actual location):

So as you can see, my location is shown as New Delhi (where I'm NOT) but my internet score is among the top 25% in Islamabad PK (where I AM)...
Does this mean my device or network is hacked by someone in New Delhi? Does it mean my network traffic is being routed from there? Or is this just a software glitch (even though I have the latest version of the Fing app - 8.9.6 - on my devices)...???
What do the above Fing speed test results mean, and more importantly, what should I do to secure my devices and my network? 
All help and guidance will be gratefully appreciated 😊
Best Regards, 
Shemrez 

Answers

  • DavebobmanDavebobman Member Posts: 1
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    Are you using a VPN? That would change the location, although I'm not sure about the ISP.
    Shemrez
  • filbertfilbert Member Posts: 10
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    edited May 10
    I'd always assumed that was the target of the speed test - mine shows Dublin, IE, when I'm actually in the UK. Am I wrong?
    Shemrez
  • MessyMessy Member, Beta Tester Posts: 23
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    Hi

    I can confirm that the Speed test end location varies according to the isp provider. For if for example I use Plusnet location = Ilford.

    For Virgin = Walthamstow.

    Plusnet + Opera vpn = Germany

    Speed gets slower the further away the speed test end point is from your actual location.

    Shemrez
  • AviBobAviBob Member Posts: 6
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    Looks very fishy you have airplane mode on, a latency of over 200 milliseconds and you're not even pulling 6 megabits per second download?

    Shemrez
  • MessyMessy Member, Beta Tester Posts: 23
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    Well observed,

    My fing app refused to carry out the speed test whilst in aeroplane mode.

    I suggest installing cleaner and either Avast or Kapersky AV apps.

  • RobinRobin Administrator Posts: 2,312
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    Hi Everyone

    Can you please check if M-Lab speed test is the same from link below?
    https://speed.measurementlab.net/#/

    That is the partner we use for speed measurement, so if Fing results are not in line with the ones reported by M-Lab, we definitely have to fix something.
    Robin (Admin at Fing)
    Getting Started? Please refer to Community guidelines & Community User Guides("Helping Hand"). HAPPY POSTING!!!
    Shemrez
  • RobinRobin Administrator Posts: 2,312
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    Hi @Shemrez

    We have been in contact with our Speedtest partners, M-Labs. They confirmed that they have recently rolled out an upgraded of their infrastructure & migration of machines to a new platform. This is being done to improve the overall Speedtest performance going forward. By doing this, initially they have cut of the multi-stream download Speedtest that we rely on for our Speedtests. However, they have greatly improved the single stream download Speedtest (previously the single stream download could measure up to 250 Mbps, where now it can measure up to 500+ Mbps). With speeds above this, the measured speed reported will be lower than before, due to the single stream limits.

    To note for Fingbox users: this will also affect Fingbox Speedtests. We have released a new firmware version for the Fingbox which will allow single stream download to work again, firmware version 1.14.13 and onwards. If you have not yet received the new release, please power-cycle the Fingbox, this will automatically update the firmware on the Fingbox.

    M-Labs are working on re-introducing the mutli speed download speedtest, to include it again in the future. Currently, we have no time-frame on when this will be re-introduced. Unfortunately at this stage, there is no further steps we can take to expedite this process.

    Robin (Admin at Fing)
    Getting Started? Please refer to Community guidelines & Community User Guides("Helping Hand"). HAPPY POSTING!!!
    Davebobman
  • MessyMessy Member, Beta Tester Posts: 23
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    edited May 11

    Virgin media franchise 22 Woodford

    London test server

    Upload 20.69 Mb/s

    Download 41.96 Mb/s

    Latency 24ms

    And by fing box

    Upload 21.2 Mb/s

    Download 45.2 Mb/s

    Latency 57ms

    Hmm on a so-called 200Mb/s Virgin cable broadband.

    Shemrez
  • MessyMessy Member, Beta Tester Posts: 23
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    Plusnet / BT copper ADSL

    London test server

    Upload 0.3 Mb/s

    Download 15.77 Mb/s

    Latency 26ms retransmission 0.22%

    And by fing box

    Upload 0.7 Mb/s

    Download 18.3 Mb/s

    Latency 16ms

    Shemrez
  • ShemrezShemrez Member Posts: 2
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    Are you using a VPN? That would change the location, although I'm not sure about the ISP.
    No Davebobman I'm not using any VPN. 
    AviBob said:

    Looks very fishy you have airplane mode on, a latency of over 200 milliseconds and you're not even pulling 6 megabits per second download?

    Shalom Avibob. It's on airplane mode because this device won't allow any SIM to function on it until I pay the customs tax on it (a new govt rule that started here sometime around 2019) so I use it with WiFi only, or just offline. But tbh I have airplane mode on just to prevent any other data transmissions from or any hidden / unknown access to my device...
    Can you please elaborate on what is so fishy, because I dont understand how to interpret the latency, and the 5.9MBPS is really just a stat for me - the real download speeds I get are less than 1MBPS or close to it on a good day! T
    hat's because in Islamabad, PTCL broadband is no Nayatel...! 
    Messy said:

    Hi

    I can confirm that the Speed test end location varies according to the isp provider. For if for example I use Plusnet location = Ilford.

    For Virgin = Walthamstow.

    Plusnet + Opera vpn = Germany

    Speed gets slower the further away the speed test end point is from your actual location.

    Hi Messy. It's not the speed that I'm worried about, it's the location... I doubt Pakistan's official telecommunications company would have a deliberate data rally point in India - but now I'm curious as to whether the end location for the Fing speed test is New Delhi, India, or whether there is a device or node in New Delhi that has access to my network traffic or worse, to my device, since that's what it says in the "Device Location" box... 
    And thank you for sharing the additional stats in your last two comments; I would appreciate a layman explanation of what they mean especially in terms of my device's actual location and why Fing says my device's location is (1) somewhere where it is not, and more importantly (2) somewhere where I absolutely do not want my device  or my network to have any connection or transmission linkage or even the remotest possibility of any data interception to! 
    Robin said:
    Hi Everyone

    Can you please check if M-Lab speed test is the same from link below?
    https://speed.measurementlab.net/#/

    That is the partner we use for speed measurement, so if Fing results are not in line with the ones reported by M-Lab, we definitely have to fix something.
    Hello Robin, I will just check that and get back to you. 
    If M-Lab is based in New Delhi or routs its speed tests in South Asia from there, then that could make sense... Though if that is actually the case, it just makes me more concerned about the security of my device and my network: because I can't even remotely risk the possibility of having any of my data or devices or network connected to any node or link in India, even for a speed test, much less be vulnerable to any computer or device or anything based there which can either monitor my network or, in the absolute worst case scenario, observe my activities and access my devices without my knowledge or permission...!!!

    Thank you ALL for your responses and guidance and support 😊 I am sincerelt very grateful and appreciative to all of you - I'm still hoping its a glitch at my end (maybe because of the airplane mode) but I still look forward to some more clarity regarding my question and some kind of assurance (or resolution) pertaining to my concern(s).
    I wish you ALL a Blessed and Happy day.
    Finally, pease stay home, stay safe, and save lives 💝

    Best Regards, 
    Shemrez 😊
  • MessyMessy Member, Beta Tester Posts: 23
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    Hi

    I understand that the Aeroplane mode turns off ALL radio signals. So that would include LTE (mobile), WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC.

    The weirdness is that with aeroplane mode on you still have WiFi enabled.

    Latency is the time it takes to send a ping data packet to a destination and receiving the ding packet back.

    200mS is slow given that it takes 260mS to ping ding a satellite. 520mS if you were pinging a destination via a satellite link.

    Upload is the rate at which data is sent from your mobile and download is the rate data is received at your mobile.

    I would suggest a power down and restart to attempt to reset the phone.

  • filbertfilbert Member Posts: 10
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    On my phone, I can turn on aeroplane mode and then turn wifi back on. It works fine that way.

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