One of the concerns that most customers have when looking to purchase a residential proxy is that they’ll end up with a datacenter proxy IP instead.

While residential proxies are worth going after, there’s a lot of fakery going on in the market right now, with providers claiming to offer residential proxies when they’re actually giving you datacenter proxies.

There are over 60 providers that specialize in proxy IPs alone, while only 10 claim to offer residential IPs in their advertising. You’ll want to do your own research on this one and not take anyone’s word for anything.

Read on to learn how to test your residential IP. We’ll also give you tips on how to distinguish between a real and fake residential IP proxy.

Cheap Residential Proxies Don’t Exist

Residential proxies are way more expensive than datacenter proxies. The reason for this is because you’ll have a harder time finding residential proxies.

They come directly from an ISP so your IP address will be almost impossible to be detected as a proxy.

In case you seem to find cheap residential proxies, you need to be extremely careful by reading what other users are saying about the provider. Or you can test it yourself.

What About Internet Addressing

The Internet is like a microcosm of the real world. Just as a residence or place of business must have its own address, so do websites on the Internet.

Your site’s IP address can also be likened to a phone number that you use to access the Internet. IP stands for Internet Protocol and there’s a limit to the number of addresses that a single device can use, naturally.

Devices started getting assigned specific addresses from the advent of the Internet addressing system known as the IPv4. But, over time, it was discovered that the IPv4 has a threshold of about 4.3 billion addresses and it cannot hold any more than that.

IPv4 addresses typically look something like this: 68.149.3.230, and thanks to the increasing prevalence and use of the Internet, there’s just too many devices and not enough IPv4 addresses to go around.

What Will Happen to IPv6

Because IPv4 addresses were running out, the IPv6 addressing system was designed to help accommodate the growing number of device users that needed these addresses.

IPv6 is different from the IPv4 system in that it utilizes 128 bits as opposed to 32 bits when creating addresses.

This translates to 3.4 x 1038 possible addresses, and it can accommodate trillions of different addresses which is good news to an increasingly connected world.

The more addresses are available the more different they look. An example of an IPv6 address is: 3ffe:1900:4545:3:200:f8ff:fe21:67cf, which is extremely different from what an IPv4 address looks like.

The only problem with IPv6 addresses is that only a fraction of these trillions of IPv6 addresses has been assigned for public use. Of course, there’s plenty to go around but over time, it’s not unreasonable to foresee a situation where we’ll run out again.

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