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What’s the Difference Between Datacenter and Residential Proxies?

If you’re searching for proxies on the web then you’ve no doubt seen the phrases “datacenter proxy” and “residential proxy” tossed around. If you’re particularly astute then you’ve also noticed that the residential proxies usually have a heftier price attached, and may even have a limited amount that can be ordered.

So why the extra price and limited quantities? Surely it’s not just the name, right?

What Exactly is the Difference Between Datacenter Proxies and Residential Proxies?

First, let’s look closer at datacenter proxies and residential proxies themselves to better understand the difference:

What is a Datacenter Proxy?

A “Datacenter Proxy” is a proxy server, running in a datacenter, on an IP address that is part of a whole block of IP addresses known to be used commercially by an ISP, BUT not by an ISP for residential internet access.

Datacenter Proxy PROs

  • Price – Datacenter Proxies are far cheaper than Residential Proxies.
  • Speed – Datacenter Proxies generally have much higher bandwidth than Residential Proxies.
  • Stability – Datacenter Proxies are usually more stable than Residential Proxies..

Datacenter Proxy CONs

  • History – Datacenter Proxy IPs have generally been proxies far longer than Residential IPs, possibly abused.

What is a Residential Proxy?

A “Residential Proxy” is a proxy server, possibly running on residential hardware, that runs on a residential IP from a residential-internet providing ISP.

Residential Proxy PROs

  • History – Residential Proxies might not have ever been a proxy before, or even used at all, so the chances of having a blacklisted IP when using a Residential Proxy are much lower than when using a Datacenter Proxy.

Residential Proxy CONs

  • Price – Residential Proxies can offer many benefits a Datacenter cannot, and therefor can cost 2-3x more!
  • Speed – Residential Proxies are generally slower than Datacenter Proxies due to ISP speed caps that come with Residential IPS.
  • Stability – Residential Proxies may be less stable than Datacenter Proxies due to lower quality infrastructure and hardware.

The Mystery Surrounding Residential Proxies..

You may have noticed the “Supposedly” above and wondered why it was there. Here’s the reason: ISPs generally split their available IP addresses into blocks. Some IP blocks are used for residential customers that are also getting internet provided to them by the ISP and not just an IP address. The other blocks of IP addresses are for commercial customers that not only need commercial internet for business, but also multiple IP addresses – some times numbering up in the millions. ISPs generally do not allow websites, email servers, or anything else business related to be run on residential internet access – even if you just have a one-person business making candles and would like to host your own candle website from home, the ISP is going to force you to upgrade to commercial internet to get a dedicated IP address, unblock port 80 for your website server, and possibly unblock some SMTP ports for emailing (that might also cost extra).

So, if a proxy provider is contacting an ISP about extra IP addresses for the servers they just setup in a datacenter – why would the ISP give the proxy provider a large amount of IPs from their residential IP blocks rather than their commercial IP address block? They wouldn’t..

What’s more than likely happening is the proxy providers are paying extra for commercial IP address blocks that have never been used and recycled before. These are often called Virgin IP addresses, or “Virgin IPs”.

Another possibility is something along the lines of the Hola VPN fiasco of 2015 where it was made known that Hola “Free VPN” users were having their home internet, and IP, used as proxy and VPN servers for other customers of Hola VPN and their sister-company Luminati. o.O

How to Choose Between Datacenter or Residential Proxies

If your proxies are sourced from a reputable proxy provider, then datacenter and residential proxies will both be fine for general proxy use such as privacy/anonymity, lowering ping, website scraping, forex, etc. However, datacenter proxies would be a far cheaper solution than residential proxies for every-day proxy use.

On the other hand, if your proxy usage includes making accounts at social media websites, buying high-demand items like Sneaker/Shoes/Clothes from sites that like to block commercial IP address blocks, or scraping Google SERPs (Search Engine Ranking Positions), then residential proxies would most likely be the far better choice. The probability of getting unused virgin IPs from residential proxy packages is far higher than with datacenter proxies. Unless the datacenter proxy provider can assure virgin IPs for whatever IP-strict service/website you are trying to use proxies with – always go with residential proxies.

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Changes to Microleaves 1/5/10/15 Backconnect Proxy Plans


Microleaves has just released an email update regarding their Residential Backconnect Proxy Service.

Apparently there has been a problem with certain Microleaves members abusing the Residential Backconnect service and changes have been made to deal with the abuse. Effective immediately all Residential Backconnect plans of 1, 5, 10, and 15 have been removed from the Microleaves site and are no longer available to order because 90% of the abuse was from 1/5/10/15 plans. Mindless abuse of Microleaves IP addresses ruins the future quality of service and also makes prices rise. Microleaves subscribers currently on those plans will continue having service until further notice.

Microleaves has also added a new option in the Residential Backconnect proxy settings area for subscribers on 25+ proxy plans that are using their proxies for Google Services, and the setting must be enabled or disabled within the next 5 days. By tracking users that enable the “Allow proxies to access google services” Microleaves can better monitor abuse from their IPs to Google services, including ReCaptcha. Do not enable the settings if you are not using your Residential Backconnect proxies for anything Google related.

The reason this option must be set soon is because in 5 days, on 4/23/17, all Microleaves Residential Backconnect 1/5/10/15 proxy plans will automatically have Google services and ReCaptcha blocked as well as plans of 25+ if not otherwise set. While users on the 25+ plans can still enable Google services at any time, the 1/5/10/15 will not be allowed to enable access to Google services at all.

Microleaves has apparently been considering these changes for a while and has expressed their reluctance to make such drastic moves, but there really isn’t another way to ensure their network is kept clean so they can provide the best services possible. If any users on 1/5/10/15 plans do not want to continue using Microleaves’ services with the new limitations placed on them, or they wish to upgrade to a 25+ backconnect proxy plan, open a support ticket and Microleaves will fully refund you last 1/5/10/15 sales transaction.

There will be an update in a few more days that will bring a lot of new things to the Microleaves services line-up. Plus, there are some updates regarding “Special” plans that will change how the services selection is done and will also allow for more than 3 selected services at a time. Microleaves is encouraging users to use the 24/7 support if any of these new changes are causing issues.

GetFastProxy will keeping updating users about any Microleaves changes via this blog – Stay tuned for Microleaves news!