A proxy server is an intermediary element between a user’s device and the end server, which lets through data that streams between the two in both directions. Proxies are used as tools for anonymity purposes, as they help to mask IP addresses. There are different types of proxy servers, and a rapidly growing number of proxy networks. Residential proxies are increasingly popular thanks to high level of anonymity. Although they are a little less speedy and less common than datacenter proxies, they tend to be safer and more trustworthy.


What is It?

Residential proxies are provided by commercial consumer-level ISPs, which are located in residential areas. These providers operate for homeowners. In fact, a residential proxy is a homeowner’s device (a PC, smartphone, etc.), which uses a kind of application with the functionality of a proxy server and is operated by a local commercial ISP. In turn, a proxy server is part of a globally operating proxy server network, such as AstroProxy. Every server has its own IP address, which you will be allowed to use once you connect to a residential proxy.


Why Use a Residential Proxy Network?

AstroProxy is a residential proxy network, which can show you ways around the limitations that may be imposed by main servers. Once a user connects via a residential IP, the public IP is no longer visible to a website he or she is visiting: it will be hidden behind the new residential IP address. This kind of disguise is helpful when there is a need for, to name a few:

Ad verification: advertisers want to be sure that their ads are visible and displayed well in different parts of the world. Likewise, IT users can verify that ads, which they see, are legitimate.

Accessing geo-restricted content: it is possible to connect to a residential IP and view websites, which are accessible to citizens of the country, in which this residential IP is located, but are not accessible in your country.

Circumventing price discrimination: some booking offices, hotels, etc., set higher prices for residents of some countries. AstroProxy will help you pick out an IP located in a country, whose residents are not discriminated by these companies, and buy a ticket or service at a fair price.

Web scraping: as developers collect information, they have to visit a website many times a day and get red-flagged as suspicious users. Once connected to a residential IP address, one can visit a website many times from different IPs, as if those were different users.

Social media marketing: marketers often create and use several accounts when promoting their brands via social networks, and get banned. Residential proxies can help you look more real to these websites and avoid red flags.


Where to Look for a Decent Residential Proxy?

One thing to be remembered is that residential proxies are more expensive than datacenter proxies. However, the advantages mentioned above may outweigh a less attractive price. Yes, residential proxies use quite a bundle of advanced technical solutions, and management of a good one is quite costly. 

There are lots of announcements and posts about cheap and even free residential IPs claiming to be able to make wonders. Most such proxies are low quality and not secure at all. Please, be very careful, because you may end up with not quite so good a thing as you have expected or even get scammed. Check user reviews and feedback prior to committing any sum to a service.

Please be sure that your residential proxy operates on a legal basis. Residential IPs are less widely spread, less attractive to scams and therefore are more trusted by websites than datacenter proxies. Whoever uses a residential IP, websites see them as real users, because they do belong to real users. Not infrequently, those so-called cheap residential IPs may actually be scammed datacenter IPs. As a result, you may end up paying more than you should, getting scammed and falling into disrepute with your ISP.

It is imperative that you pay attention to the speed of your connection. Residential proxies tend to be a little slower than datacenter ones. Slowdowns occur because it may take a bit of time for a provider to switch between IPs and finally choose a relevant one. This should not be a big problem. It is highly advisable to read users’ comments and feedback. This should help you understand how to minimize or avoid technical issues.

One of the best ways to ensure a fine result is choosing a network, which has been around for a while and has made a name. Some companies like AstroProxy are relatively young, but they have done a lot to prove that they are trustworthy. 


Creating Your Residential IP

One way to do that is to randomly pick an IP provided by a legitimate service (like AstroProxy) and test it with the help of the following tools:

  • RIPE – a European network coordination center, which distributes IPs in Europe;
  • ARIN – a center that is similar to RIPE, except it distributes IPs in the USA;
  • MaxMind, which provides a spectrum of IP intelligence services and tools, including geo-location and fraud detection.

Once you have checked your IP and find it in these registers, you can go further. Just like other reputable residential proxy providers, AstroProxy does not actually own residential IPs or inventories of these; therefore, it cannot sell them to anyone. What we do is address homeowners and rent their IPs, which are assigned to their devices.

The number of these rented IPs determines the range of a residential proxy network. By now, AstroProxy has received thousands of permissions from home owners in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, France, Germany, to use their devices as residential IP servers.

AstroProxy stimulates homeowners by advertising an app that facilitates connection. It does not take a lot of effort for a developer to come up with an app: all they need to do is add the company’s code. Developers get a sum every time a home owner downloads and installs the app. Traffic can be routed via these devices when home owners are not using them. Since there are crowds of such residents, there is always one not using his or her device, so the system will switch to a free device almost instantly. 

Some may think that switching between IPs like this can make target websites feel suspicious. That is not the case with AstroProxy, because all residential IP owners within the network are real users. Therefore, changing IPs looks to these like more users are visiting them from around the globe, not like bot activity.  They just see no reason to red-flag them.


Conclusion

AstroProxy is a residential proxy network, which meets all basic criteria of the choice of a reliable provider:

  1. It is a legitimate network, which handles legitimate residential IPs only and therefore does not put a user at risk of scam and/or block.
  2. It embraces enough IPs to ensure quick switching between those and hence quick connection.
  3. It is a rapidly growing network that operates in several countries and is going to expand further.
  4. It offers a spectrum of services and an attractive price/quality ratio.