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ISP Proxy vs. Residential Proxy Selection Guide
by jack

With the development of the Internet, more and more people are paying attention to network security issues. When using the Internet, we often encounter situations where we need to protect our IP address. 

In this case, we need to use a proxy server. The role of the proxy server is to communicate with the target server on behalf of the user, thereby protecting the user's real IP address.

When choosing a proxy server, the most common ones are ISP proxies and residential proxies. So, what are ISP proxies and residential proxies? What's the difference between them? How should I choose when using it? Let us find out together today.

ISP proxy

ISP proxy, that is, network service provider proxy, is a proxy service provided by network service providers. This kind of proxy server is usually located in the data center of the network service provider, and users can use it through the network service provider's account or password.


1. High stability: ISP proxies are usually provided by large network service providers. Their server configuration and network bandwidth are relatively stable, which can ensure that users will not experience frequent disconnections or lags during use.

2. Fast speed: Because the ISP proxy server is located in the network service provider's data center and is closer to the target server, it can obtain faster access speeds.

3. High security: ISP proxy servers are managed by a professional team and have strict security measures, which can effectively protect users' privacy and data security.


1. Higher fees: Since ISP proxy servers are provided by network service providers, their fees are usually much higher than residential proxies.

2. Limited IP address: Since the IP address of the ISP proxy server is fixed, IP address conflicts may occur when multiple users use it at the same time.

Residential agency

Residential proxy, as the name suggests, is a proxy service provided by the network in residents' homes. This kind of proxy server is usually built by the user himself, and the proxy function is implemented through routers and other devices.


1. Low cost: Residential proxy servers are built by users themselves, so the cost is relatively low.

2. Customizable IP address: The residential proxy server can customize the IP address according to the user's needs, thereby avoiding the problem of IP address conflicts.


1. Poor stability: Residential proxy servers are usually built by users themselves, and their server configuration and network bandwidth may not be stable enough, and they are prone to disconnections or lags.

2. Slow speed: Since the residential proxy server is far away from the target server, the access speed may be slower than the ISP proxy.

3. Low security: Residential proxy servers are built by users themselves and lack the management and security measures of a professional team, so there are certain security risks.

How to choose

When using a proxy server, you should choose an ISP proxy or a residential proxy based on your own needs.

1. If you need stable access speed and a secure network environment, you can choose an ISP proxy.

2. If you have cost requirements and do not need to frequently access high-speed websites, you can choose a residential agent.

3. If you need to change IP addresses frequently to avoid being banned, you can choose a residential proxy.

4. If you need to use multiple IP addresses at the same time, you can choose an ISP proxy.


ISP proxies and residential proxies are both common proxy servers, each with their own pros and cons. ISP proxies have the advantages of high stability, fast speed, and high security, but the cost is high; residential proxies have the advantages of low cost and customizable IP addresses, but have poor stability, slow speed, and low security. 

When choosing, you should decide based on your own needs, while paying attention to protecting personal privacy and data security. I hope this article can help you better choose a suitable proxy server.

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