How to Tell If My VPN IP is Residential?

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We have previously spoken about how you can test your VPN. It involves either doing a DNS leak test or simply visiting the TuxlerVPN website. This is a necessity today where a new virtual private network provider is launching every other week. If you’re paying for a service, you better ensure that it works as it should.

Sometimes, just testing your VPN for an internet protocol (IP) change is not enough. With residential VPNs, you also need to confirm whether your IP has changed to a truly residential one. That is, you need to verify if the IP is originating from a local internet service provider (ISP) or if the VPN provider is pulling some shady strings in the background.

Use this quick guide to verify that your IP is 100% residential. It won’t take more than a few minutes.

Checking If Your VPN IP is Residential or Not

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 WhatIsMyIPAddress.com
  5. Enter the IP address that was displayed on the TuxlerVPN site to get the details

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.

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

Tips While Verifying Your Residential IP

Use these tips while verifying residential IPs.

  • 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 checking online before confirming whether it is an ISP or a data center. This is true for 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

Testing a residential VPN is all about finding the details of an IP address. As long as you are tunneling via a 100% residential IP, you will get the intended effect. Whether it is to unblock a streaming site or bypass censorship, a credible residential VPN is one that always tunnels via an organic residential IP address. Test yours today!

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