Residential proxies vs. Datacenter proxies
Residential and datacenter proxies mainly differ in origin, speed, reliability, and cost. Residential proxies offer higher anonymity but might come at a premium.
Meanwhile, datacenter proxies provide swift connections often at a more affordable rate.
Make your selection based on your priorities
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Source of IPs
Household desktop and mobile devices provided by Internet Service Providers.
1, 10, or 30 min
Those who seek authentic IPs for genuine web interactions.
Those who require fast, stable connections for bulk web tasks.
Web scraping, multi-accounting, ad verification
SEO research, load testing, market research
Traffic or IPs
Master anonymity with residential proxies
A residential proxy is an intermediary that uses an IP address provided by an ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Residential proxies are extremely difficult to detect because their IPs come from actual household desktop and mobile devices that have aspects of real internet users, including ISP attribution, without any subnetworks or other tell-tale signs of a proxy network.
If your use case requires high anonymity, residential proxies will allow you to stay under the radar and bypass any possible blocking or flagging.
Reach top speed with datacenter proxies
Datacenter proxies are intermediaries originating from dedicated servers (remote computers), each with its distinct IP address.
Since datacenter proxies share subnets, they are more easily blocked compared to residential proxies. However, datacenter proxies run on exceptionally fast machines, so their connection speed and stability are superior.
It’s a great choice for accessing geo-restricted content, performing market research, and scraping certain targets. Even though datacenter proxies may be less suitable for scraping targets with advanced anti-proxy systems, they still provide adequate security, anonymity, and cost-effectiveness.
Why choose Smartproxy
A brand you can trust
Smartproxy is annually recognized as one of the top proxy providers. Rest assured that we deliver the service we promise.
Our documentation is packed with all the key information you’ll need to handle proxies with ease.
Quick as a flash
We take pride in our industry-leading proxy speed. The average response time of our residential proxies clocks in at under 0.6 seconds.
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Customer Support is amazing, agent walked me through an issue I've been dealing since I paid for them. I was this close to asking for refund and cancelling my plan before the agent gave me the best walk through and now I think I'm confident in their system.
We almost forgot we're using proxy
Many regions/configurations available. Convenient API. Very reliable -- issues happen, but knowing the nature of the product it's really good overall. Superb support and fair prices. Clean UI.
Perfect service and reliable service
I was in need of a proxy to pass some hard country IP location check and Smartproxy got a very nice onboarding experience, sleek payment process and offer pay as you go option. The browser extension worked perfectly and for sure the customer support is super proactive.
Well designed interface, flexible API, responsive support
The API is flexible, logical and easy to set up, fail rate is pretty much zero, so they're correct to claim that, and the speed at which I can scrape is very impressive - there are no limits on requests per minute, so no complaints there either.
Frequently asked questions about proxies
What is a proxy?
A proxy acts as an intermediary server between the user and the internet. It lets users browse the web anonymously by masking their original IP address.
What is a residential proxy?
A residential proxy gives the user the IP address of a genuine household device in a different geographical location. These IPs come from ISPs, ensuring excellent anonymity and the ability to bypass blocks.
What is a datacenter proxy?
A datacenter proxy comes from remote computers with their own IP addresses. They act as an intermediary between you and the target website: instead of connecting to the website directly, your request goes via proxies to hide any identifying personal information.
What is the difference between residential vs. datacenter proxies?
The main difference is that datacenter proxies originate from remote computers (data centers), whereas residential proxies use IP addresses from domestic devices.
Residential proxies allow the user to appear like any regular internet user, so they are versatile for numerous use cases. Our residential proxies efficiently bypass CAPTCHAs, IP blocking, flagging, and other restrictions imposed by websites.
Meanwhile, our datacenter proxies, hosted on rapid servers with steady connections, are faster, dependable, and cost-effective compared to residential proxies.
Read more about the difference between these proxy types on our blog.
Can I test your proxies?
Currently, we don’t offer a free trial for our residential proxies. However, you can test our proxy solutions by choosing our 3-day 100MB Trial for $1 with all features included.
How was the speed and success rate of residential proxies tested?
The average residential proxies' response time and success rate provided on our website are based on Proxyway's research. Proxyway is an independent educational platform that researches and tests proxy providers and services.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept payments with credit cards, PayPal, Alipay, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. You can also pay with cryptocurrency for all products except ISP proxies and datacenter proxies (Pay per IP option).
All orders are processed by our online reseller Paddle.com which is a Merchant of Record for these orders. To contact Paddle’s support team, reach out via Paddle.net.