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What is a residential proxy? Here’s everything you need to

What is a residential proxy?

A residential proxy is a type of proxy server. Proxy servers act as an intermediary for all the traffic between your devices and the websites you connect to. Using a proxy server means all your internet traffic looks like it’s coming from the proxy server’s location, improving online anonymity, and allowing access to geo-blocked content such as YouTube videos not available in your country.

Normally, proxy server providers route your traffic through a data center. Residential proxies instead route your traffic through computers or phones connected to typical home ISPs. This makes residential proxies even more anonymous, better hiding the fact you’re using a proxy and minimizing the chance your connection will be blocked.

What does a residential proxy do?

  • Funnels your data through one of many intermediary devices.
  • Proxies your connection via a real device connected to a residential internet service provider (ISP).
  • Hides your real internet protocol (IP) address from the resources you connect to.
  • Makes your requests look like other typical connections.
  • Greatly lowers the chance your proxy connection will be recognized and blocked.

Features and benefits of a residential proxy

How much does a residential proxy cost?

Residential proxies cost significantly more than data center proxies on a per-month, per-GB basis, but typically offer better results because the proxy connection is better masked.

As an example, the Wise datacenter proxy plan from Smartproxy (opens in new tab) costs $200/month for 400GB. In comparison, the Starter residential proxy plan, also $200/month, only includes 20GB.