Getting started - Choosing network type


Bright Data IPs - IPv4 format

IPv4 is a format in which many IP addresses are written to connect devices to the Internet. It consists of four numbers between 1 and 255, separated by periods. Proxy services with data-center IPs often give their customers lists of IP addresses in this format.

Type of IPs available

Bright Data has four types of IP networks: Data-Center, Static Residential, Residential, and Mobile.

  • Datacenter: offers a machine-generated IP. It is the most cost-effective and is commonly used for mass crawling of non-sophisticated target websites, constructed of 700k unique IPs.
  • Static residential Network: offers real residential IPs provided directly through ISPs. These IPs are most suitable for use cases that require permanent, non-rotating IPs or for whoever needs a small number of residential IPs—constructed 100k unique IPs.
  • Residential Network: provides a real, rotating user IP for access to sophisticated target websites when you need to crawl, see, and be seen as a real user. Constructed 72+ million unique IPs.
  • Mobile Network: connects through a real, rotating mobile connection of 3G/4G, used for targeting highly sophisticated websites and collecting mobile-specific web data. 

Network size

You can find the pool size of our Datacenter, Residential and Mobile networks on the architecture page.
Choose the network and country you are interested in the Input box and view the results in the Output box.


Purchasing IPs - network and pool type

Network type\Pool type Shared (pay per usage - BW) Shared (Pay per IP) Exclusive IPs + Domain Comments
Datacenter 20,000 IPs from various countries Select the number of IPs and geo-location dedicated IPs for dedicated domains. Have full exclusivity over the IPs Data center IPs are also known as static IPs.
A Static IP means you can keep using a specific IP for as long as you need (one long session). These are more economical than Residential IPs.
ISP 10,000 IPs from various countries

Select the number of IPs and geo-location dedicated IPs for dedicated domains. Have full exclusivity over the IPs  
Residential 70M+ IPs worldwide Not available Group Ips (Gips) Residential IPs are private IP addresses, meaning that your requests are routed through a real user when accessing the web. Buying residential IPs ensures that you will never get blocked or misled.
Mobile 7M+ IPs 
Not available Group Ips (Gips)  
  • for data center and ISP networks, the pool cannot be changed
  • Shared IPs are the easiest way to start using the Bright Data network. They refer to a global pool of IPs in various countries that are shared amongst many users to access numerous sites. you can use this option as the first entry point and scale to a more dedicated one when getting blocked or misled.
  • Payment structured from allocated IPs and consumed Bandwidth
  • IPs can be refreshed and replaced with additional cost
  • Exclusive Domains promise that you will be the only one using those IPs for the target sites that you have chosen.
Exclusive Domains promise that you will be the only one using those IPs for the target sites that you have chosen.  


Allocation of IPs to your account

To get started, you need to create a new zone and, among other settings, choose the number of IPs you want and save.
You can also update the number of allocated IPs by editing the number in your zone.

When turning a zone off, all IPs allocated to it are released, so when you turn the zone back on, you will have new IPs assigned to it.


Choosing the network type

    • Data-Center

      A data center is an organization that offers large amounts of IPs with consecutive numbers that are stored on the data center's servers.
      • Pros: Data center IPs are more affordable than residential IPs. They are also called “static IPs” because they are always available and can hold a long session without the risk of becoming unavailable before the goal is achieved.
      • Cons: There are thousands of data centers worldwide. They are listed, and their IPs can be identified as not real users, which makes them easier to recognize and block. Some websites might display misleading information when they spot a connection attempt from a data center IP.

Learn more about data center IPs.

    • Residential IPs

      The IPs of actual end users' devices.
      • Pros: When used correctly, residential IPs are nearly impossible to identify as proxies, as they are the actual IPs of end users. Using Bright Data's Residential network allows unlimited concurrent connections and enormous flexibility since it consists of over 72 million IPs located in every country in the world.
      • Cons: A Residential IP can become unavailable and be replaced during a session since it's a device of a natural person that may use it or turn it off - Bright Data takes extra measures to ensure the satisfaction and comfort of its network peers.

Learn more about residential IPs.


  • Bottom line

    Try using data center IPs first and the more expensive alternative of residential IPs as a fallback option, that way, you can reduce the costs of your operation and still get an excellent success rate. Use Proxy Manager's rules to easily create automated fallback in the “Waterfall” method to get the best results at the lowest costs. Use Bright Data's Exclusive residential IPs to get the pluses of Residential IPs while avoiding the minuses.



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