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Self-Service Dedicated Datacenter Proxies Quick Start Guide

Self-Service Dedicated Datacenter Proxies Quick Start Guide

Vytenis Kaubrė

2023-10-253 min read

Oxylabs’ Dedicated Proxies, acquired via self-service, give you absolute control over how, where, and when you use proxy IP addresses. These market-leading premium proxies offer unlimited bandwidth with rapid speeds and access to the most popular proxy locations.

See this quick guide to learn the essentials and jump-start your operations with Self-Service Dedicated Datacenter Proxies.

Setting up Self-Service Dedicated Datacenter Proxies

1. Register and purchase IPs

Go to the Oxylabs dashboard and create an account. Then, select Dedicated Datacenter Proxies from the Proxies tab and head to the Pricing section. Choose the number of IPs to buy, select the proxy locations if needed, and then proceed with the purchase. In case you have any questions or need more options, feel free to contact our 24/7 Support Team.

2. Create a proxy user

To access and use Self-Service Dedicated Datacenter Proxies, you first need to create a proxy user. Enter your preferred username and password, and then click Create proxy user. Make sure to save your credentials for later use.

3. Run a request

After completion, you can now form and run your first cURL request in a terminal or any other setup to test Dedicated Datacenter Proxies. Let’s send a query to using the first proxy in your list by indicating port 8001:

Forming the first cURL request

Here’s the same code for you to copy:

curl -x -U "user-USERNAME:PASSWORD"

Once you execute this command, it’ll output the IP address of your request. This way, you can compare it with your actual IP address and ensure the setup works as expected. When connecting through the 8001 port, you’ll always use the same IP address that’s assigned to this port. If you want to use another IP, you must change the port to 8002, 8003, and so on. For more code examples, visit our documentation.

4. Get your proxy list

Within seconds of creating a proxy user, you’ll receive a confirmation message with a link to your proxy list.

You can also access your proxy list in the dashboard by clicking Dedicated Datacenter Proxies under the My Products section and selecting Proxy lists.

Accessing a proxy list in the Oxylabs dashboard

See this video for a step-by-step guide on how to create a proxy user, make a request, and access your proxy list:

What's included in a proxy list?

Entry point A gateway to connect to your proxies
Port A specific port to connect to a specific proxy from your list
Country The geographic location of your proxies
Assigned IP A particular proxy IP assigned to the indicated port

Important: When making a request, you must connect to your proxy server by specifying the port number, not the IP address.

Proxy rotation

By default, we don’t rotate Dedicated Datacenter Proxies, so you can have unlimited session time. If you want to rotate proxies, you can easily do that by using the 8000 port with your requests. This method will pick a random IP from your list and run a request through it.

curl -x -U "user-USERNAME:PASSWORD"

Location settings

Dedicated Datacenter Proxies purchased through self-service don’t require you to specify the country for requests. All you have to do is look at your proxy list, take note of the proxy port assigned to an IP located in your desired country, and then use this port to make a request.

However, if you’re using rotating proxies, you must add the country parameter in your request, coupled with the two-letter country code. This way, you’ll run a request with a random IP from the specified country pool. For instance, the below cURL code picks a random IP from the United States proxy pool:

Setting the location parameter for rotating proxies

You can copy this code below:

curl -x -U "user-USERNAME-country-US:PASSWORD"


Self-Service Dedicated Datacenter Proxies support HTTP, HTTPS, and SOCKS5 protocols. For example, to connect through an HTTPS protocol, you must specify this in your request by adding https:// to your entry point, like so:

Please ensure that the libraries or third-party tools you want to use support HTTPS and SOCKS5 protocols.

curl -x -U "user-USERNAME:PASSWORD"

Response codes

When using Dedicated Datacenter Proxies, you may get response codes that indicate specific reasons for success or failure. Here are the most common ones:

Response code Error Message Description
404 Not Found The specified resource couldn’t be found.
407 Proxy Authentication Required An authorization header is missing, or your credentials are incorrect.
500 Internal Server Error We had a problem with our server. Try again later.
503 Service Unavailable Failed to connect to the target server. DNS failure to resolve the target server address.
504 Gateway Timeout A proxy server timed out while waiting for a response from the target server.

Usage statistics

You can view your usage statistics by visiting the Oxylabs dashboard. Under Statistics, you can find your traffic usage, the number of requests, and the number of errors received each day. There’s also an option to filter the statistics and view the metrics for a specific time period. Here’s what the dashboard looks like:

  1. The statistics page:

Accessing the statistics page

2. You can filter the information by targets, subnets, and IPs. You may also additionally filter the data in these sections by date range, IP, subnet, target, or user. On this page, you’ll also be able to see the number of errors you’ve received.

Filtering usage statistics by targets

Additional resources

If there’s anything else you’d like to ask, don’t hesitate to contact our Support Team via live chat or email.

We’ve got plenty of content to answer most questions and teach you something new, so feel free and explore:

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer unlimited bandwidth?

Yes, with Oxylabs’ Dedicated Datacenter Proxies, you can use as much network bandwidth and speed as you need without limits.

What countries are available for Self-Service Dedicated Datacenter Proxies?

Dedicated Datacenter Proxies purchased via self-service are currently located in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Canada, and Brazil. If you need other locations from the supported list of 188 countries, please contact our Sales Team. Note that in such a case, the minimum amount of IPs you can purchase is 500.

What plans are available for Self-Service Dedicated Datacenter Proxies per IP?

Using self-service, you can select and purchase the number of dedicated IP addresses you need, but note that the minimum number of IPs is 20, and the maximum is 500. Self-service enables you to select proxy locations as you wish or be assigned random geographic locations. If you need more than 500 IPs, please reach out to our Sales Team.

About the author

Vytenis Kaubrė

Junior Technical Copywriter

Vytenis Kaubrė is a Junior Technical Copywriter at Oxylabs. His love for creative writing and a growing interest in technology fuels his daily work, where he crafts technical content and web scrapers with Oxylabs’ solutions. Off duty, you might catch him working on personal projects, coding with Python, or jamming on his electric guitar.

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