How to Sort an IP Address Database
An IP address database is a unique number that uniquely identifies devices connected to a computer network. This includes computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, routers and other electronic devices.
A database of IP addresses is a collection of information about the global distribution of IP addresses. This data can be used to locate users and track their activities online.
IP address databases are available for download from a variety of sources, and come with varying levels of accuracy. Some are free and perfect for a basic use case, while others offer more advanced features at a higher price point.
Why You Need an IP Address Database: Understanding the Benefits for Your Business
Identifying a visitor’s geographical location is a great way to increase ROI for marketing campaigns, deliver more relevant ads, and prevent fraud. It also allows you to deliver consistent messaging across different channels, such as email, social media and in-store promotions.
In order to properly sort an IP address field, you need to create a query that stores the addresses in four calculated columns instead of in a single field. The first column holds the first numeric part of the address, the second column holds the second numeric part, and so on.
The four-part structure makes it difficult for Access to sort the addresses in a meaningful way by using built-in sort buttons, because the buttons sort values in text fields in alphabetical order, even if the characters are numbers. However, you can sort the addresses by combining the four calculated columns with a simple procedure that uses the IPAddress property to determine the appropriate sort order.