Dedicated / private Residential proxy workaround | GeoSurf




Posted at October 24, 2018 in Residential proxy network

You must have heard of residential proxies. You wouldn’t be on this page if you haven’t. And while you know what proxies are in general, you are somewhat confused about different types of proxies.

Dedicated proxy, semi-dedicated proxy, shared proxy, private proxy, static residential proxies, dynamic proxies… There are so many of them that you find yourself lost in all these terms, let alone what they mean and how they work.

As always, we are here to help ‒ not only by explaining the difference between them but also by giving guidelines on using GeoSurf proxies in a new way – the long desired dedicated way!


A dedicated proxy is a proxy server used by one person at a time. Dedicated proxies are also called private residential proxies by some people.

Semi-dedicated proxies are shared among a limited number of users (usually three), and they are also referred to as shared proxies.

Some people would say that if you use proxies for business, you want to go with dedicated residential proxies. On the other hand, if you need a proxy for simple web browsing, you’ll be fine with a semi-dedicated proxy.

Private residential proxies are great because:

  • People can use them for web scraping and with various SEO tools.

    Some SEO, task bots and web scraping tools require to be used with proxies.

  • They can help users to bypass blocked websites and internet geographical restrictions.

    Certain websites are blocked in schools and companies across the US, as well in some countries across the world.

  • They provide anonymity and security.

    A dedicated residential proxy masks your IP, as well as adds security and privacy to your browsing session.

  • People can use them to run more social media accounts for marketing purposes.

    Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms don’t allow managing more accounts through a single IP.

  • They enable people to run more tasks for copping sneakers.
    Copping sneakers means sending a lot of requests, which can’t be successfully performed through one IP.


A static IP is, well… static. This means that a particular IP belongs to a user as long as they have the connection with their ISP. This type of proxies is usually used for configuring web servers.

Static IP addresses are also known as fixed addresses. In other words, a computer with an assigned static IP uses the same IP when connecting to the internet.

Static residential proxies are great for gaming, website hosting or Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.

These are the advantages of a static residential proxy:

  • Cheaper costs
  • Email server hosting capabilities
  • Easy maintenance

However, precisely because a static address is constant, it is vulnerable to data mining and increased security risks.


As you can see, dedicated and static proxies are used by people who want to have a stable connection they can use for various purposes (usually for business) where no compromises should be made.

And even though GeoSurf does not offer either dedicated or static proxies, we have come up with another, brilliant way to offer our users something that can give them the same result. This strategy is based on using monthly residential proxies without IP rotating, thus turning them into static proxies.

But how is this possible?

Actually, it is very simple. You start a session which lasts up to 30 minutes, but you can keep it running for as long as you want using a simple trick.

To keep the session alive, you need to send signals that request a response constantly. This is also known as pinging.

If you make sure that you ping the same session every 10 minutes, the session will last for as long as you need.

However, in case you forget to ping the session, the unique session will be lost and you will be assigned a different IP.


The only thing you need in order to use GeoSurf Residential IPs like static or dedicated IPs is our gateway.

Our gateway enables you to have a session of any time length by just sticking to your session number.

There are a few technical instructions that will help you do this effortlessly. First, you should use port 8000.

Second, the request should be made using the following variables:


So, let’s say that your GroupID is group_id, and that your password is pass_word. Also, for the sake of this explanation, let us suppose that you want an IP from Chicago, Illinois, United States.

In this case, the request should look like this:

#curl -x -U group_id+US-IL-chicago+9198-1432:pass_word

Then, the curl response will look like this:

    "ip": "",
    "hostname": "",
    "city": "Chicago",
    "region": "Illinois",
    "country": "US",
    "loc": "41.9206,-87.7017",
    "postal": "60647",
    "org": "AS7922 Comcast Cable Communications, LLC"

If you keep sending requests under the session number mentioned above (9198-1432), at least every 10 minutes, you will keep the same IP sticking to your requests.

If you don’t need a location-specific IP, you can just leave out the state and city information and you will get an IP located somewhere in the US.

This workaround lets you use GeoSurf proxies just like you would use dedicated or static proxies. It gives high-quality sessions with the ultimate safety, anonymity, and privacy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]