Oxylabs.io Datacenter Proxies Review

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Oxylabs.io is a residential and datacenter proxy provider with millions of proxies to offer. They have proxies from all countries in the world and one of the popular choices for large-scale proxies for businesses.

Are you want to know the network performance of Oxylabs private proxy? Read our expert review on Oxylabs.io to find out about their proxies and how they perform.

Recommended for: Social Media, SEO scraping, Streaming, price comparison

As online activities are growing, the demand for high-quality proxies is increasing as well. Proxies are used by businesses to conduct marketing campaigns, study products and service features and pricing by competitor companies, analyze market status, scrape SEO data and numerous other reasons. Even solo ventures can flourish with the use of proxies. To accommodate this huge need of proxies, many proxy providers are emerging. One such proxy provider is Oxylabs.io, which has also seen tremendous growth in recent years.

To help you choose from a number of popular proxy services and their myriads of packages, we have reviewed some popular proxy services currently in operation. On this installment of our private proxy review series, we reviewed the private datacenter proxies offered by Oxylabs.io.

Oxylabs.io website homepage

To have an unbiased review and judge properly, we purchased 10 proxies from Oxylabs.io and used them for a period of a week. We performed a series of four tests on the proxies and have laid out the facts for you to decide. In the following table, you can see a side by comparison of their best and worst aspects that caught our eyes.

Pros
  • High anonymous dedicated and shared HTTP/HTTPS proxies.
  • More than 30 million proxy IPs with more than 1.5M datacenter proxies.
  • Proxies from every country in the world.
  • Delivery of proxies in under three minutes.
  • The credit card free trial for 7-days
  • Extensive documentation on how to configure and get started with the proxies.
  • Two authorization methods are available – IP Authorization and Username and password authentication.
  • Unlimited concurrent sessions
  • Unlimited bandwidth for datacenter proxies.
Cons
  • Big packages, so the minimum monthly expense is remarkably high.
  • No user accessible control panel for datacenter proxies.
  • No straight up way to purchase a package. The only available option is to request for a trial or contacting customer care.
  • Customer support is very poor for pre-sale queries and trial requests.

Proxy Types and Pricing

Oxylabs.io is popularly known for their top of the class residential proxies. But they also provide datacenter proxies. Apart from proxy service, Oxylabs.io offers real-time crawlers for all kinds of scraping needs. This is particularly helpful to do the scraping job on the backend and not go through the tiring process of buying and setting up proxies. But in this review, we will limit our description to the proxy service only.

Residential proxiesDatacenter ProxiesDatacenter Proxies (Non-USA)Residential proxies pricing plans

Residential proxies are kind of proxies that are tied to real ISPs and correspond to an IP that belongs to a home. This is different from a datacenter proxy since the IP does not link to a server, but links to a home instead. In some specific applications, where versatility is of the primary objective, residential proxies are preferred. Residential Proxies give you the opportunity to appear to the websites as a general home user. Most residential proxy providers, including Oxylabs.io, also support backconnect or session control, which changes your IP at a predefined interval. This makes you practically immune to bans since this behavior generally corresponds to a general user.

However, you should remember that residential proxies are not generally of elite anonymous and can be traced back to the origin. This makes residential proxies unsuitable for the use cases where high anonymity is required. The proxies are available in HTTP/HTTPS and also in SOCKS 4/5.

Residential proxies are offered in five packages by Oxylabs.io, namely, Entry, Advanced, Pro, Enterprise and Corporate. All packages and users get to enjoy the same set of features. The residential proxies are sold on the basis of bandwidth usage. The lowest package is for 20 GB and is priced at $15 per GB, for a total of $300 each month. For each package, you will be entitled to use from their whole pool of millions of residential proxies.

Oxylabs.io Residential proxy pool price plan

Package NameMinimum Bandwidth (GB)Price per GBMinimum monthly commitment
Entry20$15$300
Advanced50$12$600
Pro100$9$900
Enterprise1,000$5$5,000
Corporate10,000--

In contrast to residential proxies, datacenter proxies are generated by servers. The IPs can be traced back to servers and be treated as any general proxy service. While this adds a thick layer of anonymity, it also can be detected by cautious websites. Datacenter proxies excel in masking the IP address and often classified as high anonymity or elite proxy. Oxylabs.io is no exception and offers high anonymous HTTP/HTTPS and SOCKS 4/5 proxies.

Although Oxylabs.io once used to offer much smaller packages, presently their proxy price starts at $180 for 100 proxies. That corresponds to a competitive $1.80 per proxy value, which is one of the lowest at the current market. The price per proxy value goes even lower as you choose larger packages.

One important thing you should note is that while purchasing datacenter proxies, you can choose either proxies from the USA or the rest of the world, but not both simultaneously. The price for the USA proxies is significantly lower than the proxies from the rest of the world. The current pricing plans for both types of datacenter proxies offered by Oxylabs.io can be found below.

Oxylabs.io data center proxies price plan

Package NameNumber of proxiesMonthly PricePrice per proxy
Entry100$180$1.80
Advanced500$800$1.60
Pro1,000$1,500$1.50
Enterprise5,000$6,000$1.20
Corporate25,000--

Oxylabs.io non-US ips dedicated proxies price plan

Package NameNumber of proxiesMonthly pricePrice per proxy
Entry100$400$4.00
Advanced500$1,750$3.50
Pro1,000$3,000$3.00
Enterprise5,000$12,500$2.50
Corporate25,000--
Package NameMinimum Bandwidth (GB)Price per GBMinimum monthly commitment
Entry20$15$300
Advanced50$12$600
Pro100$9$900
Enterprise1,000$5$5,000
Corporate10,000--

Locations of proxy servers

1,5M+ private proxies all around the world

Oxylabs.io is undoubtedly one of the largest proxy providers with their total proxy count reaching upwards of thirty million. So, it is of no doubt that they also have a wide variety of locations. In fact, Oxylabs.io claims that they have proxies from all countries in the world. While this is a common feature offered by many residential proxies, it is quite impressive for datacenter proxies

You can find an interactive map on Oxylabs.io website where you can hover your mouse cursor on any of the countries in the world to find out the number of proxies available in that country. For example, Oxylabs.io has 3.5M+ datacenter and residential proxies in the USA alone. Most datacenter proxy providers do not even have that number of proxies in total.

Oxylabs.io has over 1.5 million proxies distributed in over 80 datacenters. Particulars for these data centers were not found on their website, but they ensure a 99% uptime for their proxies along with unlimited bandwidth.

Ping Test & Proxy Speed Test

As this review series focuses not only on the service but also tries to determine the actual performance of the products, we purchase proxies from each service that is reviewed. Similarly, we purchased 10 private datacenter proxies from Oxylabs.io to find out how well they stand up in our tests. Read on to learn more about the tests and the results.

Speed Test:

Our first test to check proxy performance is to test the bandwidth speed of the proxies. Since proxies work by redirecting traffic through another server, it is often the case that the speed is reduced in the process. While fast connections are always desirable, there are some applications of proxies that don’t necessarily require fast speed. Determining the speed of a proxy service helps us recommend the proxies based on applications.

The speed test was performed using fast.com, a service by Netflix that determines the internet connection speed by connecting to Netflix servers. Our usual tool for determining connection speed is speedtest.net, but unfortunately, the website is not accessible through the Oxylabs.io proxies. We performed our tests on an internet connection with 560 Mbps download speed, and 280 Mbps upload speed.

Speed test without proxy
Speed test without proxy

All the proxies had a download speed greater than 50 Mbps which is enough for all sorts of proxy activities including streaming HD content. On average, most of the proxies had a download speed of around 300 Mbps and upload speed around 160 Mbps.

Speed tests with OxylabsDetails of the speed test
IPs of proxiesLocationPing (MS) Download (Mbps)Upload (Mbps)
UnloadedLoaded
Without ProxyChicago, US110560280
198.7.116.26Los Angeles, US334666210
191.102.168.195Orangeburg, US1339370190
66.111.64.211Orangeburg, US2139290110
67.213.119.66Las Vegas, US2640300210
199.244.58.78Las Vegas, US2538170150
104.244.81.130Reno, US2739300210
162.208.125.20Las Vegas, US3338300160
163.197.171.98Houghton, ZA2026530160
172.84.104.2Los Angeles, US721246995
198.89.101.26Los Angeles, US701607180

Speed test with proxies:

IP 1: 198.7.116.26

Speed test with proxies ip1

IP 2: 191.102.168.195

Speed test with proxies ip2

IP 3: 66.111.64.211

Speed test with proxies ip3

IP 4: 67.213.119.66

Speed test with proxies ip4

IP 5:  199.244.58.78

Speed test with proxies ip5

IP 6: 104.244.81.130

Speed test with proxies ip6

IP 7: 162.208.125.20

Speed test with proxies ip7

IP 8: 163.197.171.98

Speed test with proxies ip8

IP 9: 172.84.104.2

Speed test with proxies ip9

IP 10: 198.89.101.26

Speed test with proxies ip10

Ping Test:

Ping is the duration it takes for a data packet request to go from one server to another and then back again. This signifies the connection establishment time for the server. Ping is one of the most important parameters while checking any internet connection since this defines how responsive the server is, without considering the connection speed.

To simulate accessing the proxy server from various locations, we use an online ping tester tool, whoer.net to ping the proxy server from three different locations. For any server to perform well in real life and have a hassle-free experience, the ping duration must be less than 200 milliseconds. The lower the ping is, the better the browsing experience would be.

IPLocationPing from Georgia, USA (ms)Ping from London, UK (ms)Ping from Quebec, CA (ms)
198.7.116.26Los Angeles, US1.1138.470.4
191.102.168.195Orangeburg, US70.376.812.5
66.111.64.211Orangeburg, US78.9101.157.9
67.213.119.66Las Vegas, US66.275.313.3
199.244.58.78Las Vegas, US66.272.914.9
104.244.81.130Reno, US67.373.815.1
162.208.125.20Las Vegas, US66.174.213.5
163.197.171.98Houghton, ZA598625.3
172.84.104.2Los Angeles, US5383.335
198.89.101.26Los Angeles, US52.982.134.7

GEOlocation Test / ISP Test

While anonymity is a reason some people use proxies, the most common usage of proxies is to avoid content restrictions imposed by website owners. More often than not, you’ll need to study your competitor businesses’ products and pricing and they might ban your IP address. Sometimes, contents are accessible only from certain countries or cities, and if you’re not a resident of that area, then the content might be out of your reach. Proxies come in handy in such situations. And the more locations a proxy service offers, the better your chances are for better performance.

Our geolocation test checks whether the proxies can mask the location data and how versatile the given proxies are in terms of locations. We also examine whether the IPs are sequential since sequential IPs are more likely to get banned if the website owner decides to ban the whole subnet.

We used an online geolocation data aggregator website iplocation.net that crawls several other websites to fetch location data. All the proxies provided by Oxylabs.io were from their US datacenters, and this is reflected in the test result as well. One really impressive aspect of the proxies is, none of the IPs are of the same subnet. This is highly appreciable. The proxies are also from several cities, which is positive as well.

IPs of proxies  IP2Location ipinfo.io
198.7.116.26 Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

ISP: HugeServer Networks LLC

Organization: Not Available

Location:  Los Angeles, California, USA

ISP:  HugeServer Networks, LLC

191.102.168.195 Location: New York City, New York, USA

ISP: Corporate Network

Organization: Not Available

Location: San Diego, California, USA

ISP:   WhiteLabelColo

Organization: Corporate Network

66.111.64.211 Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ISP: Web.com Inc.

Organization: Not Available

Location:  Jacksonville, Florida, USA

ISP:  Cogeco Peer 1

Organization: Web.com, Inc.

67.213.119.66 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

ISP: Mega Colocation Inc.

Organization: Not Available

Location: Not Available, Not Available, USA

ISP: Devendra Gaikwad trading as Tutis Web Services

Organization: Mega Colocation, Inc.

199.244.58.78 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

ISP: Aurora Networking

Organization: Not Available

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

ISP:  Devendra Gaikwad trading as Tutis Web Services

Organization: Aurora Networking

104.244.81.130 Location: Reno, Nevada, USA

ISP: Voyage Technologies

Organization: Not Available

Location:  Reno, Nevada, USA

ISP: Devendra Gaikwad trading as Tutis Web Services

Organization: Voyage Technologies

162.208.125.20 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

ISP: Quantact Hosting Solutions Inc

Organization: Not Available

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

ISP: Devendra Gaikwad trading as Tutis Web Services

Organization: Quantact Hosting Solutions, Inc.

163.197.171.98 Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

ISP: Anglo American

Organization: Not Available

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

ISP:  Cogent Communications

Organization: Anglo American

172.84.104.2 Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

ISP: Yeah Local

Organization: Not Available

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

ISP: QuickPacket, LLC

208.53.12.69 Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

ISP:  Vivid Seats Ltd

Organization: Not Available

Location: High Point, North Carolina, USA

ISP: Carolina Digital Phone, Inc.

Organization: Vivid Seats Ltd

IP address compatibility Test

Our final test, the IP compatibility test determines whether the proxies are able to access the most demanding sites. This is of paramount importance since the primary objective of using a proxy will fail if you cannot access your desired website. However since we cannot check against the millions of websites available and not all websites are used with proxies, we chose the top websites for different proxy uses. These include social media sites, ad posting sites, content streaming sites and shoe sites to cover all major proxy uses.

The test result came out as highly appreciable as the Oxylabs.io proxies were able to access all the websites in our set of testing sites. Although we found previously that the popular speed testing site speedtest.net is blocked on their proxies, since that is not the case for major websites, Oxylabs.io gets full marks on the IP compatibility test.

IPs of proxies IG* TW Pin YT AZ G Netflix GL Nike Adidas
Without proxy
198.7.116.26
191.102.168.195
66.111.64.211
67.213.119.66
199.244.58.78
104.244.81.130
162.208.125.20
163.197.171.98
172.84.104.2

*IG – instagram, TW – Twitter CL – Craigslist, Pin – Pinterest, YT – YouTube, AZ -Amazon, G – Google, TM – Ticketmaster

Features of Oxylabs.io

Advantages of Oxylabs.io

Highly anonymous datacenter proxies

The datacenter proxies offered by Oxylabs.io are classified as high anonymous. The websites are not able to detect your original IP address, so you do not worry about your original IP address being banned. As for residential proxies, since the proxies are automatically rotating after a few minutes from a pool of millions of proxies around the world, the probability of your proxies getting banned is extremely low.

Username and Password authentication method

You’ll need to use your username and password to enable proxies from Oxylabs.io. This is the most popular form of authenticating proxies and is supported by all programs where proxies are used. This also gives you the liberty to authenticate proxies even when you have dynamic IP.

Vast network of proxies

Although we have covered this point previously, we just can’t get enough of the huge proxy network of Oxylabs.io, covering almost the entire world. While the datacenter proxies are not as widespread as their pool of residential proxies, Oxylabs.io still has one of the biggest networks of datacenters.

Unlimited concurrent connections

Oxylabs.io also allow you to have unlimited concurrent connections. This means you can access the proxies from multiple devices at the same time. This is immensely helpful while using bots to crawl data and scrape the web.

Extensive documentation

Oxylabs.io has very detailed documentation for all their services. You can easily find the documentation along with scripts to use the proxies. Their frequently asked questions page is also able to answer most of your queries.

Documentation for data center proxies

Session control

Although this is for residential proxies, this is a quite useful feature. Oxylabs.io lets you have control over how often, if at all, your proxies will refresh. This lets you hold on to a proxy for whatever reason for the duration of the session. The scripts to configure this can be found on their documentation.

Wow…A little so off-topic the topic, for this review should mainly introduce and discuss about  their data center proxies.

Signing Up for Oxylabs.io

We felt Oxylabs.io has unnecessarily complicated their sign up process. While you can easily view the price listing on their website, you cannot outright buy a package and start using the proxies. You’ll first sign up for a trial by entering your contact details. Representatives from Oxylabs.io will contact you within 24 hours and will set you up with some trial proxies for seven days. After the end of your trial period with Oxylab.io proxies, you’ll be able to discuss if you have any issues and pricing for custom packages.

Although this seems a bit redundant, we think this was done to comply with full customer satisfaction. However, we were not particularly satisfied as in one case, we didn’t hear from them after signing up for a trial. This is certainly not acceptable and can adversely affect their business.

Contact for trial

 

How to install/use

To use the proxies allotted by Oxylabs.io, you will have to first configure your browser or the bot application with the proxy details. The username authentication method is the most common method of authenticating proxy, and all programs support this as well.

To configure, go to the settings menu and find proxy settings. Enter your IP address, port number, username and password in the settings box. Some bot applications that can work with multiple proxies can take the list of proxies as IP:Port:Username:Password format. Oxylabs.io gives the list of proxies in this format, which is very useful.

List of proxies
Our List of proxies

 

Our Editor’s Verdict

Oxylabs.io is certainly one of the best choices of proxies if you need a diverse range of proxy locations. Since they also have good qualities of proxies with low ping, high bandwidth speed and compatible with major websites, you can use these proxies in almost any kind of uses you have including SEO data mining, web crawling, ads posting and so on.

 

However, if you are heavily dependent on customer support, you might be disappointed by their mediocre performance. We think, for them to establish themselves as one of the tycoons of the proxies world, Oxylabs.io needs to work on their week points. We hope they will soon emerge in our list of top 5 datacenter proxies.

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