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How to tell if an IP is a data center IP or a static residential IP
by Louise
2023-12-22

How to tell if an IP is a data center IP or a static residential IP

In the Internet world, every device is assigned a unique IP address when it connects to the network. IP addresses can be divided into different types, with two common types being data center IPs and static residential IPs.


A data center IP is an IP address assigned by a data center provider to its customers. These IP addresses are often used to host websites, applications or other online services. Data center IPs can be shared across multiple servers, so they have a high degree of stability, availability, and bandwidth.


A static residential IP is an IP address assigned to a residential user by an Internet Service Provider (ISP). These IP addresses are typically used for individual users' home network connections. Static residential IPs are usually associated with a specific user or household, and they usually don't change.


How to determine IP type


So, how to determine whether an IP is a data center IP or a static residential IP? Here are a few commonly used methods:


1. Use IP query tool


There are many online IP lookup tools that can help you determine the type of an IP. These tools typically provide basic information about the IP, including the organization it belongs to, its geographic location, and the type of IP. With the query tool, you can quickly confirm whether an IP belongs to a data center or a static residence.


  2. Analyze the ownership organization of IP


Each IP address is associated with a specific organization, which is usually the owner of the IP. By looking up the IP's attribution agency, you can find out whether the IP is owned by a data center or an Internet service provider. Generally speaking, if the IP belongs to a large data center provider, then this IP is likely to be a data center IP.


3. Check IP history


An IP's history can provide more information about that IP. There are tools you can use to view the history of an IP, including whether it has been used as a spammer, hacked, or for other unwanted activity. If an IP's history shows that it has been associated with malicious activity, it is likely a data center IP


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