Are you aware that you can set up your own static residential proxies using Raspberry Pi? To learn how to get that done and start using your own residential device IPs to access the Internet, come in now.
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Residential proxies bought from most of the residential proxy service providers have some problems in common that stop people from using them – they are expensive and rotating. Because of their pricing, small marketers are left with no option but to make use of other types of proxies. Even with the expensive nature of their proxies, their IPs are not static because the providers actually do not own them and as such, can’t provide them for long thus, making them rotating.
With all these reasons, if you must make use of residential proxies, you have to choose from two options – you either buy at the exorbitant prices they sell, buy from low-quality providers, or set up your own residential proxies that will use your devices’ IPs.
For those that choose the 3rd choice, this article has been written for you – you’re going to be learning how to set up a residential proxy using a Raspberry Pi.
What is Raspberry Pi?
Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to facilitate the teaching of computing and programming. It has since been adopted for use in other fields such as robotics and in the Internet of Things.
Credit card shaped, Raspberry Pi runs on a good number of Operating Systems (OS) with Raspbian being the most popular OS used with Raspberry Pi. Raspbian is based on Linux but made specifically for Raspberry Pi.
With a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, all you need is connect computer peripherals such as keyword, mouse, and monitor or even a TV set and you are good to go. Since it is a computer, we want to utilize it as a proxy server for our residential proxy service. We won’t be needing a monitor or a TV after set up is complete.
Why Set Up Your Own Static Residential Proxies?
As stated earlier, most of the proxy providers provide only rotating residential proxies because they do not own the IPs they use. They get the IPs by renting them from idle devices through their IP pool services or some SDKs.
Because they do not own the IPs, they do not know for how long the IPs will be available to them and as such, can’t provide you static proxies. There’s also the problem of not being sure if the IPs you’re about to use have been blocked by the web service you’re interested in using them on.
But if you create your own static residential proxies, you will be able to use them to access services without the fear of getting them blocked unless you abuse them yourself since you aren’t sharing them with anyone.
With static residential proxies, you can also access websites that require a login and need long-session maintained for a while. This is something you can’t do with rotating proxies as red flags can be quickly raised and your access blocked, So static residential proxies are good for sneaker bots and IG automation, or other account management, and the residential rotating proxies are much good for web Scraper.
How to Set Up Residential Proxies using Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi for this project is Raspberry Pi 3. You can use anyone you like, provided you know what you are doing. Aside from the Raspberry Pi, you require a Micro SD, a keyboard, and a mouse. Raspberry Pi does not come with an OS installed.
It does not come with its own persistent storage as you will need a memory that we intend to use a Micro SD – and the OS will be loaded on it. You can buy this from Amazon as it contains most of the required hardware. It even comes with Raspbian OS in the memory card and as such, you do not have to worry about installing an OS.
If you do not want to go with the above, you can buy all you need in pieces and install the OS yourself. For a comprehensive guide on how to set up Raspbian on Raspberry Pi, read this Medium article.
Connect the Raspberry with an HDMI cable to a monitor or TV. Then connect a keyboard, mouse, and Ethernet. You can use Wi-Fi in the place of Ethernet. If you have an OS installed already, the system will boot smoothly without any problem. After you have got the Raspberry up and running, follow the steps below.
- Step 1
You need to enable SSH and change your password. To do that, launch the terminal and enter the command,
In the advanced options, you will see where to enable SSH and change passwords. Do that.
- Step 2
You can then remove the HDMI cable, keyboard, and mouse as you won’t be needed them again. Setup will continue using SSH.
- Step 3
After doing the above, enter the command commands one after the order in the terminal. When theirs is yes or no prompt, enter y which means yes.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install squid3
sudo apt-get install apache2-utils
chmod 777 /etc/squid/squid.conf
Then easily edit squid.conf as,
create users: /usr/bin/htpasswd -b -c /etc/squid/passwd USERNAME_HERE PASSWORD_HERE
#replace USERNAME_HERE and PASSWORD_HERE with your desired user name and password.
sudo service squid restart
Server squid status
Sudo apt-get install tcpflow
Sudo tcpflow -p -c port 3128
#replace with your port you chose,
- Step 4
The last step is port forwarding in your router or modem. You need administrative access to get this last step done. Enable port forwarding and forward to your Raspberry Pi IP address. To view your Raspberry Pi IP address, enter “ifconfig” command in the terminal to see your device IP.
Now, You can now test your proxies.
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It is important I stress here as a way of concluding this article that you have to follow the steps described above carefully. Make sure you run the steps one after the other and make sure you do not miss any step or misspell any of the commands. If you follow everything one after the other carefully, you should have a residential proxy service set up in no time.