Residential IPs 101

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Here’s a quick primer on everything about residential IPs in a Q&A format. Find out everything from its operating principle to usage to applications to benefits. Here goes.

What is a residential IP?

A residential internet protocol (IP) address is generated by an internet service provider (ISP) and registered to a resident of a region. It is typically assigned to a home address, which is how it gets its name. For example, when you get a home broadband connection from an ISP like Verizon or AT&T, the connection that you get via a cable or wirelessly has a residential IP. Its distinguishing quality is its registration to a domestic address as compared to a data center or server room.

How does a residential IP VPN work?

A residential IP VPN works the same way as traditional VPNs with the only difference being that it provides residential IPs to its users. This is done via a pool of IPs that are contributed to by users who receive another IP in return for their own. For example, a user in the US exchanges their residential IP in return for another in Japan. This is how the free options work.

Paid VPNs, on the other hand, have other procurement techniques that do not require you to share your residential IP address. 

What are the advantages of using a residential IP?

A VPN that offers residential IPs is a great website unblocker as it is not typically blocked by sites. Such IPs can also be used to stay anonymous, bypass national censorship, and access geo-restricted content across sites and applications.

How do I know if my IP address is 100% residential?

You can do a Whois lookup to check if your VPN gives 100% true residential IPs. If the IP attached to your VPN is registered to a residential address, you can confirm it. Otherwise, it will be a data center IP.

What is the price range of a residential IP VPN?

TuxlerVPN’s paid plan costs $7.99 per month. Depending upon the provider, the price range may differ. Make sure you subscribe to a service offered only by reputed providers like TuxlerVPN.

Why is a residential IP better than conventional server IPs?

A residential IP does not usually get blacklisted like regular VPN IPs. This makes staying anonymous and unblocking sites easier and effective. 

Can I buy batches of residential IPs?

No. TuxlerVPN does not sell standalone residential IPs. You can download and install our desktop apps or browser extensions to use. We also have a free version.

Will I land in trouble if I pledge my own IP address?

No. It is unlikely that you will ever land in trouble for sharing your IP address which is abused by someone else. In the rare case that your IP is used for any illegal activity, there are systems in place to pinpoint the abuser. In our years of service, we haven’t faced any complaints from our users.

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