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.


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Residential vs. Datacenter proxies

Residential proxies

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.

Datacenter proxies

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.

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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.

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