Definitive guide to Residential IPs

Having a hard time in figuring out the meaning of Residential IPs? head spinning already? Do not worry, we will pull you out of these dark tunnels and will guide you through them! There is no doubt that you have heard the word IP before. Of course in this era where everyone, be it a kid, a teenager, an adult or even our granddads no one can survive without using the internet.

This is the time where the news online on Social Media is giving a hard time for newspapers to do business. Even adults nowadays prefer online platforms. As letters are replaced by telephones that time is not far when newspapers will soon become history. Internet will rule everywhere on everyone!

Talking of internet, how can one use it without an IP address? As we all have heard this wordmany times before, but unless you are a technological expert, a techie you would not know anything about it other the word itself. You will never know how it magically works and brings all that you search about directly in front of your eyes without sending on to anyone else’s screen orhow it protects you from all the pirates sitting on the other side of your screens, waiting to get your IP to start all the bad business.

Yes, you are right and you know where I am taking you! To understand the term residential IP, you must need to understand and learn everything about the IP address first. Hey, techie(s), of course, this seems very basic to you but why not help the newbies and reading a little root knowledge again will definitely not harm you.

Internet protocol

IP or TCIP stands for ‘internet protocol/ transmission control protocol’ and the address refers to a specific unique number that you use when you do any activity online. To simplify, it works in the same way as your house address does for you. Everything connected to the internet has an IP address; laptops, cell phones, your PS4 even the soda fountain machines. To understand, you may say that IP is the dialect of the internet, all IP networking software are homogenous throughout the world; that is why a computer in Korea can communicate with a computer in America.IP is ubiquitous. This is the easy bit; things might get messed up for you after this.

So, whenever you are using internet an IP address is always there working for you in the background. Whatever you do online buy or sell stuff, send an e-mail, search latest news, find something about your favorite character from the TV show you watched last night, be it anything your request has to be sent out to the right place and the request accepted has to come back directly to you, at the place from where you are searching. An IP address plays a great main role here.

There are many people out there who are searching the similar thing on the internet as you are. Ever wondered how a cross-over never occur, why do you never get search results of the other people doing similar thing!?So this is exactly how internet protocol addresses work. IP address differentiates devices; every device has its own address. This is how when you search something online the results come back straight to you and not to any other device. The same way you receive mails on only your id when someone sends you an email.

But this never means that you use one address every time you use the internet or wherever you use it from.

“Breakfast and an IP address please!”

As told earlier, all routers have their own IPs. But you cannot take your IP away from your home; you are using a different network when you are away from your home. So, when you are away on a vacay or at someone else’s place or at a local coffee shop you are using a different but interim IP. This is assigned by Internet service provider (ISP).

Try not to get attached to your IP because it is not really yours. Your residential IP address can change by only just turning your router on or off. Or it can change by calling to your internet service provider.

So next time when you go to your corner coffee shop don’t just ask for breakfast and coffee but do ask for IP address too (ah, jokes)! And hey wait, don’t worry you don’t have to think about this all and this is not done by you. Welcome to the future. Thanks to the technology everything happens behind the wireless network and by the internet protocol that your laptop follows.


Internet protocol has two versions. With two common formats, IPv4 comprises of four numbers segment separated by periods.

  • E.g

These are made up of four number octets when these combine they form a 32 binary bits address. Each octet has a decimal number that ranges from 0 to 225, in IPv4.

To make the internet run swiftly and rapidly as it works now, the second version was launched. The version 6, this is 128 binary bits in length and is made up of hexadecimal characters.This is more complex but quite easier to use because it requires less administration and looks totally different from IPv4.

  • E.g FF880: ED00:0000:4:100:E8EE:Fe21:65EF

In this version, the initial 48 bits are the network prefix. After the first 48 binary bits, the next 16 bits are the subnet ID (these are used to define subnets) but the subnets can also be created at will, in fact, every bit position in the address can be used as a subnet mask. The next and the last 64 binary bits are interface ID (this is also known as the device ID or interface identifier).

IPv6 is sometimes compressed, that allow them to be viewed as shorter characters. Because they are quite long in bits length they contain quite a lot of zeros, which basically are nothing more than placeholders. Therefore to reduce the length, the zeros can be crushed. But remember the line can only be suppressed if it has no other number but just zeros.

So, the first version is IPv4 (Internet Protocol Version 4) this is the ruling protocol of the internet. IPv4 a 32 binary bits addressserves 4.3 billion addresses.

Before the 90s every computer had a fixed, assigned IP address. With the rapid growth of the internet in 1990’s, it was soon realized that more addresses were required as IPv4 did not have enough space to connect the increasing number of devices. So in the late 90s came IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6), which uses 128 binary bits address. ISP now chooses to lend IPs from a pool of numbers.This leasing is called ‘dynamic IP addressing’ which works better for individual users.

Dynamic and Static IP address

A dynamic IP address changes from time to time and does not remain the same always. You regularly use a dynamic IP address if you have a DSL service or a residential cable. Instead of one IP address that always remains yours which is called a static IP address, the IP that you are using right now it is tugged out from a pool of address and is then allotted to you. Internet service providers (ISPs) assign you a dynamic IP address because these are more cost-effective. The service providers don’t assign a static IP address, but if they do they are quite expensive.

Static IP addresses are desirably used for purposes where users need to make it easier for other computers to locate and connect to them such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) or online gaming. Dynamic IP address through dynamic DNS service can also enable other computers to find you, even if you use non-permanent IP address. You may, however, get extra charged for this, this can be confirmed by your internet service providers.
The dynamic IP address is considered more secure than Static IP address because they are easier to trail. But by following guarded internet measures you can keep your computer protected no matter whichever IP address you use. Dynamic addresses are a commoner. These are allotted to you by DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). These basically run on network hardware like routersor the devices that are dedicated to DHCP servers.

These IP addresses are assigned by leasing protocol when the lease dies the computer demands and requests for a new lease. Sometimes you can get a new IP this way, this happens particularly when your computer’s network is not being used between the new leasing process. All of this happens in the background and is so transparent that you never know something is happening unless a notification pops up on your screen telling you about an IP address conflict on the network. The conflict does not happen commonly but if by any chance it occurs, thanks to the technology computer solve the problem automatically.

Running out of IPv4

The 32 binary bits address serves billions of people; this is where the problem begins. We have not completely run out of this version just yet. Many are still not used and are with the big companies like IBM and Ford. But as this version is becoming scanty, others are also trying to get their hands on it. This is how it will make trouble for the web.

The saver

IPv4 is going towards extinction rapidly; this is how internet protocol version 6 jumped into save the world.This generation does not just make us experience the future but its birth was very necessary and much needed before the IPv4 had completely blown away and could have sent the world in the Stone Age again. As this is 128-bits, it has way too many IPv6 addresses to keep the internet going strong for a very long time. It can serve 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses, no jokes this time! Not only does it give more IT addresses but this version also has many other advantages.

  • These addresses can be used easily and are quite cheaper.
  • These work very well for larger installations.
  • Broad address space makes direct addressing possible.
  • Unlike IPv4, IPv6 offers much better security features. As IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) was built into its protocol.

Back in April 2013, internet switched from IP addressing old version 4 to a new generation “IPv6”. Now, almost all current devices have IPv6 enabled by default. Not only businesses but also governments worldwide are using IPv6.

But even after all the hard work; there are still many places where IPv6 is not completely functional. Windows, for example, doesn’t fully support IPv6. When windows identify a colon it assumes that you are referring to a drive letter. A drive letter or a device letter is a one single character from A to Z allotted to a computer drive. For example, all computers with a hard drive have a default hard drive assigned toC:

A little back in time

There were many versions that were tried before these modern ones. From 1977 to 1979 internet protocol version 0 to 3 were used experimentally. The streaming experimental protocol used, version 5.

Before internet protocol version 4, Internet Experimental Note (IEN) was used (which included IEN 2, IEN 26, IEN 28, IEN 41, IEN 44 and IEN 54).

But the dominant one till date remains version 4, every IP datagram – (a unit of transfer related to networking and is basically used for wireless communication) – has number 4 protocol version.

IP addresses are very fundamental part of the infrastructure of the web. Without internet protocol addressescomputers would not be able to communicate and send data from one place to another.

If your network is not strong enough in a sense of security then the others can even see your information by only knowing your IP address; who you are, or which area you are using your laptop from. There are sites available on the internet where you enter the IP address and the site will show you the approx geographic location from where one is using its laptop from.

Things related to protocol

Some of them are;

  • IP Network Address Translation (IP NAT/ NAT) – this has IP address translating power. Allows linking of a private network to a public network in an easy way. It provides better security to a public network making it difficult for the host to intrude and get access to the network. There are four main types of NAT;
    • 1. Unidirectional NAT (also known as traditional NAT or outbound).
    • 2. Bidirectional NAT (aka two way or inbound).
    • 3. Overlapping NAT (also called as twice NAT).
    • 4. Overloaded NAT or Port-Based (also called NAPT or PAT).
  • IP Security (IPsec) – a tool that provides secure transfer of data.
  • Mobile IP – this protocol refers to some of the problems linked to the use of IP on the computer that usually move from one device to another.

Multiple IP addresses from single network

Creating multiple internet protocol addresses from one network interface is called IP aliasing. The precedence of IP aliasing is that you don’t need various NICs to configure multiple IPs which saves your cost configuration time and is cost effective too.


An IP address can be blocked; it is successful in dealing with undesirable visitors, email or comments spam, Denial of service (DDOS) attacks, and attempts of hacking.

Some attacks are very visible like when you start getting spam emails or spam comments from your contacts or your viewers. Others are not quite obvious like the DDOS attack. Though there are some pointers thatcan tell if the website is under a DDOS attack. Most commonly the site becomes unreachableor the pages take very long to load.Internet protocol is a very vast and complex topic to discuss and understand. Even if you have discussed everything some areas will always remain untouched because of its complexity.


In this modern century that we are living in, we are surrounded by the newest generation of even the modern day plus the older day technologies.When we talk about tech what better do we have than our mighty computers, not just computers we are literally blessed with a thing called the internet. In today’s world internet has become a need, a necessity. It is found in every house, it has become a household item. Its use has infected everyone so badly that you may not find a utensil in one’s home but you will definitely always find an internet access.

Rich or poor, everyone is an internet addict, that is exactly what we all have become. In future when books will be written on our generation at some point we will definitely be called as ‘The Internet Addicts’. We can lie in our beds whole day long and can just keep on scrolling through the internet and will never get bored.

Thanks to the social apps which keep our eyes and fingers glued to our cell phone screens. If you get tired of Facebook just go to Instagram and keep on scrolling through your feed. If pictures of people bore you on Instagram, no worries see that yellow thing just click on it and see what others are up to today in their Snapchat stories. If not Snapchat you have Pinterest learn home decor ideas, style inspiration and find new recipes. Uh-OH, how can we forget our beloved YouTube I mean what’s not there to keep you busy.

Residential IP’s

On the internet, with so much of stuff going on how can one just stay away!? As we have talked earlier about how the internet has become an essential part of our life and how most part of our day is spent using it. Be it business or a matter of playing games online, or downloading the FIFA 18s demo on PS4 we use internet everywhere, at homes, offices and outside. Almost all offices have internet access, so do homes.

A connection assigned by Internet Service Provider (ISP) to a homeowner is known as residential IP. When you move to a new houseyou call to a local ISP and ask to install internet at your house, after the setup of a new internet connection you are allotted an IP (as explained earlier) which is your residential internet protocol. You can also know your IP address by searching it on IP locator website. On the website next to the IP address, you can also see your IP details. This information usually consists of;

  • your approximate location,
  • also a map of the location,
  • And the ISP provider name.

Residential IP is not fixed and is set in the router. It is usually set to internet protocol version 4 subnet. All devices are given a private IP; LAN (Local Area Network). If you search something from your home private network, your device keeps track of your IP address and sends the request through a public IP; WAN (Wide Area Network), then when the request is replied the answer is sent back to your device’s IP address. This way, your personal information remains well hidden from the online pirates.

Things to know

If you ever try to buy residential IP, you will be amazed to see the number of sellers present online. And of course, everyone claims to have the best quality of these IP addresses. But obviously, everyone just tries to push you into buying their products by showing the best policies that they can. Naturally, it becomes difficult for everyone to choose in this situation, especially when everything looks so similar. Don’t worry we will not leave you in the middle of the sea. Stop panicking and just read! So there are some things that you should know about residential internet protocol addresses,before falling into the seller’s trap and buying them;

  • Buy from a not so famous provider. Do not go for the big names. Bigger companies like are surrounded by a sea of customers, residential IPs are quite hard to produce and then to have a control on them is quite difficult too. And with such humongous demand of the IPs, they are always available in restricted numbers.
  • Buy from a provider that you are confident about and you know is not involved in any kind of shady business. Residential IP business is full of frauds. Many private IP address sellers exist only on papers. This is why you must always do a thorough research before buying theses addresses.
  • In a particular location make your own gateway of residential IP’s.

Birth of Residential IP proxies

For the usual residential IPs, you have to be physically present at your home or workplace. But if you are living in the United States and wanting to use a residential IP address in China, so this is where a proxy is required. Those ready to commit any illegal activity are most commonly found using datacenter or residential proxies or it is sometimes used in a good way too. The proxy IP helps you bypass the geographical boundaries and among other things, it also enables you to watch Netflix from whatever country you want (exciting, is it not?)

If you browse through a different residential internet protocol address by using it as a proxy, your public IP details will not be of your own but of the person that you are using the residential IP of.

Using the same IP address with multiple accounts can create a huge problem for you; it can even lead to your account suspension.

To avoid this issue, some people log into their accounts using a different IP through using a proxy server. You either use a residential IP or a datacenter IP proxy, when trying to connect through a proxy server.

If you are unwilling to use a proxy IP there are other ways how you can pastiche your internet protocol address. One can use a different internet connection or use VPN (Virtual Private Network) – a VPN is a network, usually internet that is built using public wires to connect geographical offices or remote users to a company’s internal private network- and with these other connections you can either get a datacenter IP or a residential IP.

Quite ironically some organizations that offer private IPs also offer proxy IPs. There are different kinds of proxies. Out of them, the two main types are Residential proxies that use residential internet protocol addresses and the other one is datacenter proxy.

Datacenter Proxy

These are not owned by internet service providers. When you connect and browse through a different IP address by using it as a proxy, this proxy acts as a barrier between you and anyone who tries to seek your IP information through the web. The person trying to look at your real IP address and all the linked personal information will only see the proxy address and not your information but the information of a company that owns the data center.

You can veil your IP address and all your linked information with the datacenter proxy but it cannot be fully used as an alternative to residential IP.


You may be thinking about the use of proxies when you can simply buy a different internet connection easily. All you need is a different IP to deceive the websites into thinking that you are someone else. You are kind of right.

But the problem here is, people are spamming famous sites every day. And spams can get your IP blocked by the website filters, so people turn to datacenter IPs. The datacenter IPs can be easily bought in bulk than residential IPs.

All users with wicked intentions are using datacenter IPs but legal workers are also using it. Many large companies make their employees use these proxies, but there are less legitimate users of data center proxy IPs compared to the nefarious ones.

Many security systems are so advance, that they take a step further to ensure that you are not using proxy or VPN, by checking which ports are being used. Datacenter IPs have multiple ports open while Virtual Private Network has only one open port, i.e. port 80. Generally, VPN is used for privacy reasons it encrypts traffic and saves you from attacks. While Datacenter proxy is only used for the purpose of masking your IP, they do nothing to encrypt traffic. These are also cheaper to buy in bulk.

More users are using datacenter IPs; there are more chances of websites inspecting them compared to a residential IP proxy or VPN IPs. When using a datacenter with more open ports, security protocols will be able to tell who you are, but the IP is masked so they won’t be able to tell the real IP behind the proxy. But this happens only if you have disabled browser extensions (if browser extensions are enabled, they can leak your real IP) and taken proper security measures.


  • Datacenter proxies IPs are cheaper and have many providers. These proxies are quite easily accessible hence there are many users from where you can buy these. Datacenter proxies are almost half the price of residential proxies.
  • These are rarely legal but are still shielding. Generally, all websites can detect and tell you are using a datacenter proxy. So using a sterile datacenter proxy for different accounts is better than using your original IP for each account.

So basically residential and datacenter both proxies have the same task to do, that is, they hide your real internet protocol address from the other world on the internet. As explained before, with such advancement of technology and theft too websites have also become as modern as stealing techniques, so their security systems are strong enough to detect and tell whether you are using a datacenter IP proxy or a residential IP proxy.

The data center is definitely a red flag to any website, but it will not get your account suspended. Individual computer or servers can be recognized and trailed by reading parameters other than cookies or IP addresses; these are known as browser fingerprints. If you use a proper fingerprint spoofing technique you can successfully control different accounts with datacenter proxies. Many users think that just using a proxy is enough but nowadays you need fingerprint masking too. So datacenter proxy and fingerprint masking work alongside each other. If you have a clean datacenter proxy and if your fingerprint is also acceptable then, most websites let you through even without investigating. If you are using different datacenter proxy but are using same browser fingerprint every time, then you are most likely to get scrutinized by the security system of the website. Sometimes, even if you are using the same regular datacenter proxies and trying to post with it, with the parodied fingerprint and even if the proxy shows location closer to where you are using your network from, you still might not get successful.

Most users will get through by using datacenter proxy with spoofing of fingerprints. But some proxy sites require residential IPs because they restrict datacenter IPs. By using residential IP you can get by these sites, plus it has a lesser chance of getting you in danger than connecting through a datacenter internet protocol address.

Residential IP is generally more secure but they can still get blocked by abuse. But always remember using a proxy is an illegitimate process, it is better to stay safe and not use them, than having a fear of getting caught every time you use it.

Leading Provider tops the list of leading providers of residential proxy servers. This has helped many companies in using internet for data scrapping purposes without getting blacklisted by the internet providers. Data scraping is a technique in which a program extracts data from a human-readable output coming out from another program- in simpler words, it extracts data from the websites.

Your requests through this network are routed through nodes on the P2P network, these are real private IPs. When sending requests through real IPs, it is impossible to get restricted or banned. Send simultaneous requests through millions of IPs, the network allows you to gather data as fast as you can at almost any fastest speed. You never get restricted to the latency of any server or node.’s network contains 23 million IP addresses; all of them real, making it difficult for the websites to blacklist or ban a server. These 23 million IP addresses in’s pool are present in all the major cities of the world, when using the internet this provides users with a perfect global reach.

You must have questions on your mind, but there is no need to worry. Don’t suspect’s reliability. Technically speaking, is highly trustworthy. It has thousands of users who are growing very rapidly, both paid and free users that connect to its network on daily basis. There are some challenges in its network’s construction, but the user’s overall experience is quite smooth.

This network is used by customers for many reasons, such as;

  • Sales intelligence: to understand best customers for your service.
  • Brand protection: monitor the web to protect intellectual property, pricing strategy and trademark of your brand.
  • Ad validation verifies the advertisement’s integrity, eliminate misleading ads.
  • Self-testing: from any main city of the world test your web properties.
  • Help job seekers connect more rapidly and effectively.

Despite the problems, is still most effective and is widely used by large companies which need access to large sets of residential IPs with automated and scalable applications.

Residential IPs; the best option in town

Private internet protocol addresses are no threat to websites and for their security systems. This is because they are provided by genuine and not fake internet service providers. With the online security getting tighter everything like Virtual Private Network and proxies (residential or datacenter) get restricted. In all of this, the residential IP addresses are the safest option and they never get blocked until something fishy is detected.

As it is a more trustable source, residential IPs are more expensive than datacenter IP addresses. But as every passing second, the demand of residential IPs is increasing very steeply, so their availability in bulk number is also getting difficult. Regardless of everything, if you want to work with an IP address that does not get blocked by a site, then residential IPs are the best option you are left with.

Internet Protocol Address Theft

As explained earlier in the article about the importance of IP address because it contains some of your very personal details. Every laptop connected to the internet and website has its own unique IP address and of course, no two devices can have the same IP address. If hackers or spammers get access to our IP address, they can maliciously abuse your devices and steal all the personal data. Unfortunately, neither Windows nor your computers protect and hide your IP addresses, but it is very important to guard the addresses. However, some third party software can enable this privacy protection.

There are some software that once installed on your devices, they let you search anonymously, mask the IP address and protect you from IP address identity theft. These programs also convert any details that we exchange with a website, even if the site does not support SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). This means that even the ISPs or anyone else is unable to record or see where you are surfing from.This is extremely useful if you are downloading or constantly making transactions.

Various software are also available to install, which alert you on whether a website you are trying to get to is suspected of installing malware. Is itcapable of stealing your information, or not? So, take all the possible security precautions that you can to protect yourself!

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