How to Check if a VPN IP is Residential or Datacenter?

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The VPN market is so crowded these days that you can’t judge a VPN software just based on face value. You can never say for sure whether the residential VPN you are using is assigning you a residential IP or a low-cost server IP. The same goes for traditional VPNs, too, although there you are more concerned about the encryption standard than the type of cloaking IP address.

TuxlerVPN recommends routinely testing your VPN software and its performance to see if you’re getting total utility out of it in terms of both protection and anonymity. This means checking three things:

  1. If your IP address is hidden
  2. Whether your replacement IP is residential or datacenter
  3. If your connection is encrypted

We have previously spoken about how you can test your VPN location, speed, and encryption strength. Now let’s focus on how to identify whether your VPN is residential or datacenter.

Residential IP versus Datacenter IP

The main difference between a residential IP and a data center IP is in how the IP addresses are generated. While residential IPs – as the name suggests – are generated by local ISPs and assigned to residential addresses (homes), data center IPs are generated by data centers or VPN servers. 

Another critical difference in our context is how easily the IP addresses can be procured. It’s easier to set up a VPN server than to have a system that can gather and manage residential IPs. This is why most new (and free) VPNs offer only server proxies; they take the easy and low-cost way in. Check out our residential versus data center IP comparison article to learn about the lesser-known differences between the two.

Residential IPs are more effective in circumventing geoblocks and helping you access web content. This is the primary reason why residential IPs are widely popular now. 

But what happens when your VPN does not stick to its claim? What should you do if you find out that your VPN IP is not traditional as advertised by your provider?

Why Should You Check Your VPN IP Type?

As a basic tenet, you should get what you pay for. If you’re paying a premium for a residential VPN, you should get the promised residential IP cover and encryption. Any deficiency in service goes against your contract with the VPN provider.

Moreover, as we have seen above, a traditional data center IP routing will do a poor job at unblocking websites. So, if you suddenly face access or speed issues while using a VPN, you should consider inspecting it. Here’s how.

Steps to Check Your VPN IP Type

Follow the steps below to test whether your IP is 100% residential or has originated from a data center:

  1. Switch on your residential VPN
  2. Visit the official TuxlerVPN website
  3. Check the displayed IP address and ISP on the top of the homepage
  4. Visit any IP checking website like
  5. Enter the IP address that was displayed on the TuxlerVPN site to get the details (however, oftentimes the service detects your IP automatically and you don’t need to enter it)
  6. Read other available information

The website will display a summary of the IP address including the ISP, type of internet, and a broad physical address. If the listed ISP is a local internet provider, you can confirm that your VPN IP is 100% residential.

In the screenshot below, the residential IP originated from Comcast Cable in the United States. 

Since Comcast is a national internet service provider in the US, you can confirm that the IP is truly residential. For reference, here are some of the most common ISPs in the United States: AT&T, Spectrum, Verizon, Cox, Mediacom, and Optimum. 

Figure 1 – Checking if your VPN IP is 100% residential

Sometimes, the WHOIS information may also mention the name of your VPN provider or classify the IP address as a virtual one. In such cases, you can confirm that the IP has originated from a VPN server (in other words, it is a datacenter IP).

Tips for Verifying Your VPN IP

Use these tips while verifying whether your IP is residential or not:

  • Wait for a few minutes after turning on your residential VPN before checking the IP change;
  • Sometimes, the ISP providing the residential IP may not be a popular one. We advise you to confirm the ISP’s authenticity by doing an online search for its name. This is especially important when it comes to foreign locations where you may not necessarily know the top ISPs;
  • If you get a non-residential IP, change the server, region, or country immediately;
  • You should test your residential VPN every month to ensure continued protection;
  • Upgrade your VPN plan for high-quality, dedicated residential IPs if you detect IP issues.

What to Do if Your IP is Not Residential?

If you suspect that your VPN provider might be duping and fleecing you by assigning a data center IP address, you have the following options:

  • Make a complaint to the provider (with proof)
  • Upgrade to a better plan
  • Switch to another VPN provider

Of course, we recommend the last option as the first two are unlikely to solve the issue. Even if your VPN provider admits to a deficiency in its service and provides you what it advertised, it may retract later. Not to mention the trust issues with the company that can affect your relationship with it. That is not an ideal situation, especially since it all concerns your online privacy and safety.

TuxlerVPN recommends testing your VPN regularly to ensure that you’re getting what you paid for. This involves checking the IP address type, the tunneling protocol, as well as the encryption quality. You may subscribe to TuxlerVPN Premium to enjoy uninterrupted tunneling and encryption. Check it out today!

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