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Proxy Modes - The Differences between Rotating, Fixed, and Mixed
Proxy Modes - The Differences between Rotating, Fixed, and Mixed

Learn about the different proxy modes available for you to take advantage of.

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In this article, we will talk about the differences between different modes of proxy servers that our company is offering, in order to help you decide which one is the best fit for you.

Different modes

There is a lot of different things you need to know when deciding between different proxy modes. And the most important thing to know is the difference between Fixed (static) and Rotating modes. Once you do, you will be able to make a decision and go with a proxy mode that suits your needs the best. Our company is offering three different proxy server modes, and those are Fixed mode, Rotating mode, and Mixed mode.

Fixed (Static) Proxy servers

Fixed proxy or widely known as static proxy, allows access to the web from a single unique IP address. Unique IP addresses like these are called dedicated, static, or sticky IP addresses. They allow the users to use them repetitively for as long as they wish having no need for rotation. Having no need for rotation makes these IP addresses much easier to use than their counterparts.

There is one more thing about fixed proxies relevant to scraping data which makes them a great choice. Even tho they are based on virtual machines they have a fixed IPs. As a result, servers don’t see activities originating from a fixed proxy IP address suspicious. This significantly reduces the chances of getting flagged as a potential bot user.

Rotating Proxy servers

Unlike a fixed mode where one fixed IP gets assigned to a single port, the rotating proxy provides access to an entire range of IP addresses on a single port. This allows you to rotate IP addresses. Or, in other words, get a random IP address to a device at fixed or random time intervals.

Rotating proxies provide you with an additional layer of security and anonymity as the requests you send to servers will originate from different IP addresses.

Mixed mode

Mixed mode is a hybrid created from mixing Fixed and Rotating modes. The Mixed mode works like a combined mode. With half of the IP addresses used as rotating IP's. While the second half of IP addresses will be used in the standard way as the Fixed mode by using one IP address per port.

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