Mantas Miksenas

Mar 31, 2020 7 min read

TL;DR: Residential proxies are IP addresses provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to homeowners. Residential proxies are legitimate IP addresses attached to a physical location. The main benefit of residential proxies is their high anonymity level and low block-rate.

Every time you go online, your website history gets tracked by either your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or the said website you visit. Both can also have a rough estimate on your location – all of this is possible because they know and can see your IP address.

This is where proxies come in useful. What is a proxy? It is a “substitute” that allows you to go online under a different IP address.

There are plenty of reasons to go online under a different IP address – anonymity being the top reason. However, there are more factors that can be useful for not only personal cases – but businesses as well. In this article, we’ll cover some of these cases and go into detail about what is a residential IP.

What is a residential proxy?

A residential proxy is an IP address provided by an ISP to a homeowner. It is a genuine IP address attached to a physical location.

So basically, whenever you move to a new location and set up your internet, your ISP will provide you with an IP address. If curious, you can check what your IP address is by simply googling it.

What are residential proxies’ benefits?

  • Low block-rate – a residential IP has the ability to mask itself as a legitimate IP address due to them being provided by an ISP. Therefore, they can go under anti-scraping measures and remain active and stay block-free. 
  • Broader and more precise spectrum of locations – we cannot speak for other providers, however, Oxylabs does provide the largest residential proxy pool in the market. With such a large pool that covers a lot of locations, the user will be able to scrape targets from all over the world. 
  • High success-rates – due to them being nearly block-free, all of the scraping projects have a higher chance to succeed and run smoothly. 

Residential proxies are businesses’ best chance to mimic real human behavior online and avoid being perceived as a bot and get blocked.

What are residential proxies’ use cases?

What are residential proxies’ use cases?

A lot of companies use residential proxies for ad verification and to scrape flight prices.

How can you use residential proxies for ad verification?

Residential proxies for ad verifications has proven to be an effective way to see how ads are displayed in other countries and also allow businesses to see whether the ads shown are real, as a lot of hackers tend to fake ads and claim the revenue.

How can you use residential proxies for travel fare aggregation?

When it comes to travel fare aggregations, collecting data on prices can be tough, as flight company websites, travel agencies, and other sources have tight security checks, and any bot-like behavior will get blocked. That’s why residential proxies come in handy here with their legitimacy.

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Other residential IP proxy types

There are other proxy types that either have the characteristics of the residential proxy, or stem from the main residential IP, but have slightly different abilities. Here are some of the types:

Static residential proxy pool (ISP proxies)

Some providers also offer ISP proxies. Here at Oxylabs, we also have a static residential proxy pool. Such proxies are a combination of data center and residential proxies, offering an exceptionally stable, fast, and anonymous experience to the end-user.

On top of that, just like the term suggests, static residential proxies allow for the client to operate online as a residential user with the same IP for as long as it is needed. With added benefit, of forgetting IP bans altogether.

Residential rotating proxies

Rotating proxies, AKA rotating residential proxies, are harder to detect and are ideal for challenging targets from various global locations. All Oxylabs residential proxies are rotating proxies. So it is fair to say that residential proxies = rotating proxies. 

It is important for your proxies to be rotating, as websites employ various anti-scraping measures to block bot-like activity. Rotating proxies are essential to imitate organic user behavior in order to operate undetected on websites.

Mobile proxies

Mobile proxies are similar to that of a residential IP, except instead of being provided by an ISP, such proxies are provided by mobile data providers. 

However, Oxylabs’ mobile proxies are residential Wi-Fi proxies on mobile devices. So terms might differ depending on the proxy provider you might be using. 


If as a business, you seek to harvest data and avoid getting blocked, you will need residential proxies, as they look like real IP addresses and have slim chances of getting recognized as automated bots.

There are many reasons to choose residential proxies, but high anonymity and low block chances are the top priorities amongst businesses. Feel like talking to a sales manager directly to learn more about Oxylabs’ residential proxies? Contact us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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People also ask

How do residential proxies work?

A residential proxy stands in between you and the internet. It sort of works like a mediator. When you are using a proxy, your IP address will be different, and mask your personal address, allowing you to stay anonymous or scrape targets to gather data (by implementing more proxies and keeping them on rotation).

There is more to it, of course. If you want to learn more about what is a proxy and how it works, check out our detailed guide on it. 

How do I set up residential proxies?

Each proxy provider will have their documentation on how to correctly set up residential proxies. However, if you want to set up your proxies with a proxy tool, you can check out our blog for various proxy set ups (jarvee proxy set up, google chrome proxy set up, etc.) 

Where can I buy residential proxies?

There are many proxy providers in the proxy market. Of course, we suggest you do your research before buying good quality proxies from professionals, and avoid getting the m for free. Residential proxies can be bought at Oxylabs as well. 

Is proxy the same as IP address?

A proxy is the middleman between you and the internet. It stands in between you and the internet keeping you anonymous and hidden. Whereas an IP is simply the address that your machine has. This lets your router know where to send data to. 


About Mantas Miksenas

Mantas Miksenas is a Sales Development Representative who believes he needs to keep moving forward by pushing the limits. The tech industry compliments the latter aim as it expands boundaries and helps to build the future. While he pushes his limits, he likes to put on a soundtrack of smooth Jazz and improvisational music to keep himself energized while answering your proxy related questions.

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