Difference between Datacenter and Residential proxies

What to choose: data center or residential proxies? What is the difference between these types of proxy servers? We will talk about this in detail below.

First, let's look at the features of Datacenter and Residential proxies, and then move on to a detailed comparison of these two types of servers.

Datacenter proxy features

Datacenter proxy servers are IP addresses of physical and virtual servers that are located in specialized data centers (datacenters, datacenters). They do not have a direct connection with Internet service providers, which allows them to provide the user with a high level of anonymity and privacy.

Datacenter proxies are divided into:

  1. Shared (public, free).

    These DC proxies can simultaneously connect two or more Internet users to their computer, which entails the risk of blocking the IP address due to the "neighbor" on the server.

  2. Private (private, paid).

    When buying datacenter Private proxies, only you and those to whom you provide access to them can use them.

Pros of Datacenter proxy

  • high level of privacy and anonymity;
  • a large number of available IP-addresses, due to which these proxies are relatively inexpensive or even free;
  • there are both Shared (free) and Private (more reliable) servers;
  • have a relatively high speed of work.

Cons of Datacenter proxy

  • simultaneous use by several users, which increases the risk of blocking the IP address on the necessary sites through the fault of others (when using Shared Datacenter proxy);
  • getting these proxies into blacklists affects the further quality of work with them;
  • The quality of servers depends on the service providers, but there are not so many reliable vendors on the market, despite the abundance of available IP addresses.

Residential proxy features

Resident IPs are issued by an internet service provider. Proxy servers of this kind are identical to the real IP addresses that users receive when they connect to their ISP.

Try to check your IP address with any online service. You will see a complete set of information about yourself as an Internet user: IP address, geolocation, provider name, browser used. This amount of data can be spoofed using the Residential proxy. One has only to take into account that the Internet providers issuing the proxy will know your real IP. When contacting the provider, your valid data may be declassified. Therefore, the complete anonymity of the Residental proxy is out of the question.

Pros of Residential proxy

  • low probability of being blacklisted on sites;
  • increased trust from web resources;
  • uninterrupted work;
  • full legality of use.

Cons of Residential Proxy

  • do not give complete anonymity;
  • are expensive;
  • difficult to buy in large quantities.

Datacenter vs Residential proxy comparison

So that you can more accurately understand what the difference between a data center and residential proxy servers is, let's compare them by critical parameters.






can start from $ 0.02 for one proxy

 Compared to Datacenter servers, these proxies are much more expensive



are more anonymous, since data centers are a kind of intermediaries between the Internet provider and the end-user, it will be almost impossible to track the real IP

provided by ISPs, so when accessing them, you can determine the user's actual IP address


Massive use for automated SMM promotion, scraping, and other similar tasks

you can easily purchase hundreds of thousands of IP addresses for such work

firstly, it is difficult to find a large number of Residential proxies, and secondly, even if it succeeds, it will be expensive


Reliability and risk of blockage

Several people can use shared Datacenter proxies at the same time, so access to many sites can be blocked. If you use Private Datacenter proxies, then there will be no increased risk of blocking

are issued in one hand, so no one interferes with productive work

let's give both servers a shot — 4:1

Legality of use

sites and online services can prohibit the use of proxies, so if you use low-quality or Shared servers, you can get into the blacklist

it is impossible to determine whether the user is logging in through a proxy or his real IP address


As you can see, both Datacenter and Residential proxies have their pros and cons. Datacenter proxy servers are low cost, so they are more suitable for multi-threaded work. They are also more anonymous compared to Residental. If you want to use datacenter proxy servers, try to choose trusted, trusted vendors. Otherwise, low-quality proxies will cause difficulties in accessing many sites due to the inclusion of IP addresses in blacklists.

Residential proxies are identical to real home IP addresses, so web resources are more loyal to them. They are useful for one-time tasks when you need to connect not through your IP address, simulating another Internet user with maximum similarity.