Obtaining access to any volume of residential IPs for a proxy network can be extremely difficult which is why they are often so expensive to obtain. Most of us have access to one or two residential addresses, through our home internet connections and local internet service providers. However none of these companies are ever going to release large number of these addresses and certainly not to a proxy network. It really can be difficult to get access to large numbers through any proxy service.
A USA residential IP address is what most Americans have assigned to their home computers. They are allocated by Internet service providers (ISPs) for people to access the internet.
There is often confusion in this area though, many services who promise a United States based IP are not being entirely truthful. Often these so called residential proxies are supplying an ordinary datacenter IP address. They’re certainly not the same addresses assigned by a US internet service provider which is what we all need.
Standard VPN or Proxy Servers Won’t Have a US Residential IP
The first myth is that you can pick up a residential classified IP address for free online or through one of the low cost VPN services. You won’t, the vast majority (and I’m talking 99%) here of the IP addresses allocated in this way are not residential ips. The servers these services run on are in vast datacentres, colleges or ordinary businesses – none of which will be allocated a residential address. A very few services, one mentioned below have obtained a certain number of these addresses. However they are very careful with them as they can be rather expensive. Residential addresses can be obtained from specialized residential proxy network companies but they’ll generally cost more.
Fortunately the prices are falling, now even premium providers like IPBurger can offer really affordable prices on proxies which can pass all IP authentication checks. These are current rates on single exclusive IPs (datacenter proxies not residential) with choice of proxy locations which have a great success rate for many e commerce transactions and web scraping.
Remember the core difference between a dedicated residential VPN or Proxy and ordinary ones is how each IP address is classified. If it’s not specified then presume that they are commercial addresses. In addition the country classification can also be important especially if you’re using addresses with commercial bots or software. Often these require addresses registered in your target market.
Obviously a US residential proxy address is going to be way more useful that one from Afghanistan especially to a proxy network. So you need to be very careful that the addresses suit your requirements. If you can find cheap residential proxies, great but make sure the addresses are worth paying for. Quality is more important than quantity in these situations. Paying slightly more for a genuine, static residential IP proxy will be way more effective than hundreds of hacked foreign addresses.
Residential Addresses are Only Allocated from ISPs
It’s important to remember this, wherever you are thinking of buying your residential proxies – the IP addresses have been allocated from an ISP. It’s ultimately why they are so hard to obtain, you can’t get allocated blocks they are normally assigned individually to home users. Some residential proxy network companies have negotiated agreements with ISP companies but they’re likely to be expensive which is why the costs are always going to be higher than for a standard commercial IP address.
There are other ways of obtaining residential addresses which some residential proxy providers have used. Some companies rent the addresses directly from home users with fast connections, again it works well but adds a huge layer of expense. You can also find some big players like Luminati who have built a huge residential IP network. They basically offer applications like ‘free VPN’ service to individuals in exchange for using their internet connections (and their residential IPs).
It should be noted though that the Luminati network is costly but very effective for many tasks. If you can afford them they are a very safe option for most residential proxy tasks.
If you’re not keen on Luminati then there are a few other decent alternatives. The fastest residential IP addresses are only accessible from a small handful of companies who specialize in this area. They have built up large networks of residential addresses from a variety of sources including some mentioned above. Of the companies I deal with one of my favorite is IPBurger simply because they are the only ones who actually own the hardware that these residential addresses are filtered through. This might not seem important but without control over the hardware you are unable to ensure the proxies are secure, safe and properly configured.
Why Are Residential IP addresses so Important?
The main reason is that they are the only way you can replicate a real home users or customer. More and more web sites are blocking access from commercial address ranges as an easy way to stop people circumventing their filters. If you want to run multiple Instagram accounts for example, you won’t get far using commercial IP addresses. Most people making money out of this platform run private proxies for Instagram, allocating two accounts to each address as a maximum. Without taking these precautions then they’re likely to wake up one morning and find that their Instagram account with a few hundred thousand followers has been deleted.
Any platform directed at social media, entertainment or selling things is primarily targeting ordinary home users. Home users don’t come in from connections with commercial IP address ranges so it’s easy to simply block access from these automatically.
Any automated software which promotes, manages or even buys products from these sites needs multiple identities. If you try and run a sneaker bot or some research tool using a single IP address or your home connection it get’s blocked pretty quickly. The way to access multiple identities is to have access to a large range of IP addresses which are in the correct country and are classified as residential. Great proxies like this are what separate the winners from the losers, try and do any of this using cheap or free proxies will at best waste your time. The worst result will be when valuable accounts are blocked, filtered or even deleted.
Here’s where we get our US residential IPs, try out a single IP for a month if you want to test.