in reply to Wildcard usage for REMOTE_ADDR comparison
but the correct answer for production work is to use a module like NetAddr::IP to match tie IP/subnet (call the "contains" method, after first creating a subnet object).
One reason why is for the case where you are presented with an address text like "180.076.006.001", or an invalid address like "22.214.171.1240"
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