Static vs. Rotating Proxies – And What Are Sticky Sessions?

What is the difference on sticky, static & rotating proxies

Static Proxies

As the name suggests, static proxies provide you with a single or static IP address from a data centre. They will hide your actual IP and provide the IP from their centre instead.

You might see these proxies referred to as a “data center proxy”. The proxies are very useful in events of high volumes of data and high speed since your subscriptions allocate the hardware of a server and a fibre-optic connection. Here, you can expect very fast speeds when downloading.

However, there are several other users on the same IP address and there will be several more proxies in that server hall. This means the IP you are using is coming from a bad neighbourhood in the hosting world. A bad reputation is built upon the IP and the website won’t allow the proxy in.

So if you are trying to access popular websites such as Google or Facebook, they will block your connection.

Rotating Proxies

Rotating proxies, on the other hand, provide you with the ability to change IP addresses quickly. These proxies rotate the IP from a pool of IPs every time the server requests a connection.

They are perfect if you are looking to browse anonymously, complete web scraping or SEO monitoring and even snagging hard to come by sneakers. This is the type of service AnyIP specialize in. Often, you want the proxy to simulate a real user of a service, like a smartphone making a search in Google. Multiply this user with 1000 more per second, and you are in the area where most people use rotating proxies for.

In comparison to a static proxy, with a rotating IP, you may choose where you want your IP’s to come from. You are not bound to a server hall in a desert. Instead, you can easily set up so your visits are coming from all the biggest cities in India, France, US, UK, etc.

Rotating proxies usually comes with a lower speed compared to static proxies. This is because you are using real mobile phone or WiFi connections. You can expect download speeds between 500 Kb/s to 50 Mbit/s per IP.

We do not recommend using rotating proxies for downloading torrents or streaming videos.

Sticky Session vs. Rotating Session

Sticky Sessions

Sticky sessions are a feature of AnyIP that allow you to maintain a single IP throughout a session for up to ten minutes. Although the IP may change over the session, a sticky session is perfect for specific jobs.

The IP and location you choose will be fixed for 10 minutes or until you can finish the session, and a new one takes over.

Rotating Sessions

On the other hand, Rotating sessions rotate the IP whenever the website sends a request to the proxy. This prevents issues with bots and blocks when you are scraping data. At Anyip we use our rotating sessions to benefit our own business for several things:

Web Scraping

Web scraping is a time-consuming process, which can take hours to complete. A rotating session allows you to avoid blocks, bans or other issues while still completing the job. Your target site will have no clue you are scraping it for data, and you can get the data you need without worrying about a site-wide ban.

SEO Monitoring

Rotating sessions are a great way to check how your SEO campaign is working in specific locations. Whether you are checking in Delhi, Jakarta or Tokyo, a rotating session can allow you to monitor an SEO campaign from around the globe easily. For this kind of gigs, we recommend using rotating mobile 4g proxies, due to their high-quality nature especially now when Google applies mobile-first indexing for SEO.

Conclusion

Static and rotating proxies are two very different things. If you know you need consistent high volumes – go for a static proxy.

However, if you want to simulate real website or app users, scrape the web or do any other research project – opt-in for rotating proxies.

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