To understand the term residential proxy, you have understand what a data center is. If a user is need to reroute their connection through a different geographical location, traditionally, VPNs would use datacenters in these different locations to re-route their user's connections.
Data center proxies would then be linked to these server farms in each country.
A Residential Proxy is a physical device, usually someone who has offered their connection in exchange for free software, therefore each residential proxy will have a unique location & your request through the proxy will seem to look like a member of the public.
In the case of Lumanti, their residential proxies are the users of a Chrome Extension named, Hola Unblocker. In exchange for a free VPN, each user acts a residential proxy.
The benefit is that when unblocking/accessing content or data that is otherwise blocked, using a residential proxy makes it impossible for the website to distungish between a real person & your request you've made through the residential proxy.
Each residential proxy will have a unique IP & will not process many requests in order to retain their anonymity & stop abuse their connection. Due to the massive pool (sometimes > 40M connections), it makes it very difficult for websites to block such requests.
Can I use residential proxies?
Yes, there are many providers who offer access to these networks:
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How do I access residential proxies?
- If you're a developer & understand CURL, then you can use ScraperAPI.
- If you just need access to the website using residential IPs, you can use SmartProxy's Chrome Extension.
Are residential proxies legal?
Yes, the end user has agreed to let you use their residential connection in exchange for free software. In the case of Hola Unblocker, they too are using the connection to access their favourite British TV shows while letting others using their connection to watch Netflix in the US.