Direct ISP Connectivity vs P2P Proxy Networks
Residential proxies, combined with direct ISP connectivity, provide a range of advantages when compared to other options commonly used today, such as the P2P proxy network.
Those who are weighing the decision between P2P proxy networks and direct ISP should explore what each has to offer. Below, you’ll find answers to the most important questions regarding both P2P and direct ISP proxy networks.
What is a P2P proxy network?
A P2P (peer-to-peer) proxy network is one solution for hiding your identity online by providing a dedicated IP address from devices used in that network. This type of network means that once connected to the network, every IP address is acting both as a server and client, without a need for any network operating system.
By utilizing the end-users’ device, it allows the proxy network to balance the load from its servers on to the users, and to make the end-user act as a server of his own for other users in that network.
However, there are potential dangers to be aware of when working with a P2P proxy network. With the cache system used by proxy servers, it could be possible for the service provider to have access to secure data, as well as browser history and even passwords. It is always a good idea for a high-quality and reputable proxy provider that can ensure privacy and security. The ideal option would be to choose a proxy that offers direct ISP connectivity rather than P2P.
Below, we can see some of the pros and cons of using a P2P proxy network;
• Large IP pool and availability
• Multiple exit nodes around the world
• Easier to scale
• Unwillingly being utilized to act as a server
• Your data may be accessed and used by others
• Your device “shares the load” of others
• The potential risk of receiving misleading data
More Cons to take into consideration are the dependence on end-user connectivity, meaning your proxy connection can be cut at any time.
There is no Static IP option. You can only use an end user’s IP for a limited amount of time as they can disconnect at any giving time.
Slower proxy speed. You first connect to an end-user and then to the internet, making your proxy speed depend on the internet speed of the end-user.
What is a direct ISP connectivity proxy network?
Proxy networks with direct ISP connections are significantly a better option than a P2P proxy network.
Instead of connecting to an end-user device, a direct ISP connection guarantees that you receive your IP address from a trusted residential device originating directly from the ISPs with one-hop connectivity.
What are the advantages of having direct ISP connectivity?