How to choose between residential IPs and datacenter IPs

Why should I care?

Repeatedly crawling a website using the same IP will get you blocked or cloaked. To prevent this, send requests through proxy networks, which replace your source IP with different IPs. You can either use a datacenter, a network of servers that has its own IPs, or a residential network, a network of individuals’ IPs.

Advantages to web scraping with residential IPs:

  • Residential IPs are real people’s IPs, so they’re almost impossible for a website to detect
  • Datacenter IPs generally have the same subnet block range, making them easily detectable, while residential IPs do not.
  • Datacenter IPs can only be as specific as the datacenter’s location, while residential IPs are available in almost any city around the world.

How do I use datacenter or residential IPs?

Luminati has datacenter IPs in addition to 22 million residential IPs. Here’s how to get started:

  • Sign up for Luminati for Luminati and get $5 of free bandwidth to test our datacenter IPs
  • Send your first request through the datacenter using your free $5
  • Ask for residential permissions to gain access to our residential IPs