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Using my Laptop IP Address to locate

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First, I apologize if this is in the wrong place. If so, hosts, please locate wherever it should be. I wasn't sure.

About a week ago, my laptop was stolen. It sucks, ya, but it has strengthened my resolve to find those responsible.

Here is what I need to know - or get some help on. I have some old emails that were sent from the laptop, so I have the originating IP address of the machine. With that information, is it possible to find it, should it log onto the internet? Is there anything at my disposal to help me locate the machine with technology? Or am I left to the ham-handed local PD?

Any help is appreciated.
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Unless you have a LowJack for your Laptop like Adeona I'm afraid you will have to hope the Police get lucky and find it. IP addresses are assigned to the point of access not the device that is connected to the access point. Many ISPs use Dynamic IP addressing which means the IP for any given access point can change IP addresses just by disconnecting from the Internet for a few minutes. IPs can be traced to the user through Log files ISPs keep but without a signal from your Laptop there is no way to track it down.
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