An Overview of Backconnect Proxies

Abed Elezz
March 21, 2024

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An Overview of Backconnect Proxies

If you are familiar with proxies but aren’t sure where backconnect proxies fit in the landscape, this article will endeavor to give you an overview of what they are, what distinguishes them from other proxies, what they’re used for, and explain why they excel at IP rotation specifically.

At their most basic level, a proxy is a computer you connect to and whose IP and location you use when using the internet. A proxy provider will set up proxies all over the world and lease them to customers.

What Is a Backconnect Proxy

What Is a Backconnect Proxy?

What if you theoretically need hundreds of thousands or millions of IPs? Leasing a whole range of proxies and either manually switching between them or writing software to do so automatically won’t get you close.

This is where providers saw an opportunity to monetize access to their many proxies without having to lease them individually. A backconnect proxy is a proxy server connected to a provider’s extensive proxy network as a way to gain access to their immense pool of IPs. The pool consists of the full range of IP addresses of the proxies at the provider’s disposal, usually residential proxies, mobile proxies, and datacenter proxies. Like most regular proxies, they mask a user’s original IP address, providing anonymity.

The key difference between leasing a range of proxies or using rotating proxies and using a backconnect proxy’s IP pool is the scale. The former can provide you with potentially thousands of IPs but the latter could theoretically offer millions. As such, backconnect proxies aren’t for everyone: the number of IPs can be overkill for most users and they are expensive. A second difference is that a backconnect proxy is managed by the provider, unlike other types of proxy.

How Do Backconnect Proxies Usually Work?

How Do Backconnect Proxies Usually Work?

When you connect to a backconnect proxy, you are connecting to a gateway that the backconnect proxy service provides. This server acts as the intermediary between your device and the internet, routing your requests through its network of various IP addresses. This provider’s central server is responsible for managing the IP rotation and directing your internet traffic through the proxy pool. Generally, some load balancing happens here to ensure that no individual IP is overwhelmed by requests. By routing your traffic through the pool, you’re given a new IP address between every request or at regular intervals, which you can determine with your provider.

The IPs in a pool are sourced from a provider’s residential proxies and mobile proxies and therefore, benefit from all the advantages they offer. This includes a high level of anonymity, as the IPs are those of what appear to be normal users, and a resistance to rate limiting for that reason.

One caveat of backconnect proxies is that the IP pool is shared by multiple clients. Many clients may be accessing the proxy at the same time, and that traffic is then dispersed among the available IPs. This is another reason why the aforementioned load balancing is relevant. This is, however, offset compared to using shared proxies — or leasing dedicated proxies that have been used by others in the past — in general, as the available pool of IPs is orders of magnitude higher.

What Are Backconnect Proxies Used For

What Are Backconnect Proxies Used For?

The following online activities benefit from the large-scale IP rotation offered by backconnect proxies, allowing for more efficient, anonymous, and extensive online operations:

  • Web Scraping: Automating data extraction from various websites, especially useful for large-scale scraping where avoiding detection and IP bans is crucial.
  • SEO Monitoring: Regularly checking search engine results from different geographic locations to understand and optimize website visibility.
  • Ad Verification: Verifying ad placement and functionality across different regions and networks, ensuring ads appear as intended.
  • Market Research: Gathering data from diverse online sources for market analysis, trend tracking, or competitive intelligence.
  • Accessing Geo-Restricted Content: Bypassing regional content restrictions to access websites or services not available in the user's actual location.
  • Social Media Management: Managing multiple accounts or conducting market research on social platforms without triggering security measures that detect and block automated access.
  • E-Commerce Analysis: Monitoring and comparing product prices and availability across different online retailers, and geographic markets.

Backconnect proxies are generally used by companies and people that need a vast quantity of IP addresses for their operations, not necessarily ones that process large quantities of data.

Backconnect Proxy Benefits and Drawbacks

Backconnect Proxy Benefits and Drawbacks

Using backconnect proxies offers some clear advantages but also comes with some disadvantages. Putting these side by side may help create a clearer overview of their application in each use case.

Benefits

  • IP rotation: Provides anonymity and reduces the likelihood of being blocked by rotating through a vast pool of proxies.
  • Large IP pool: Offers access to a diverse range of IP addresses, including residential and mobile proxies.
  • Efficient in large-scale projects: Facilitates high volumes of requests.
  • High rate-limit resistance: Using an IP only for only a few requests, or just one, makes triggering websites’ anti-bot and anti-scraping measures less likely than leasing regular proxies.
  • Bypassing geo-restrictions:  For activities whose primary requirement is geo-hopping, then a backconnect proxy is likely an ideal fit.
  • Less need for IP management: Avoid the need to develop software associated with leasing many proxies or setting up proxy infrastructure by relying on the provider-managed backconnect proxy.
  • Load balancing: Associated with the previous point, a provider’s server will automatically ensure that no individual IPs are overloaded by clients’ traffic.

Drawbacks

  • High cost: While, in theory, providers can offer an incredible number of proxies, using them to process large quantities of data may become prohibitively expensive very quickly.
  • Variable performance: Speed and reliability can fluctuate based on the IPs in use, and users will have little control over the consistency of the individual connections.
  • Shared IP addresses: As with all shared proxies, users will have to weigh the risks associated with proxies that are being used by others or have previously been used in the past.
  • Dependency on provider quality: The quality of the IP pool, the effectiveness of the rotation of IP addresses, and the general quality of the service depends largely on the provider’s proxy network and management.
  • Limited control: Users will have less control over the specific IP addresses and their locations, which might be a constraint for tasks requiring targeted geographic presence.

An example use case that could benefit from a backconnect proxy is large-scale social media SEO, where the quantity of data is relatively low but the need for a large amount of IPs is high. By comparison, large-scale web scraping or data extraction that handles a vast quantity of data might not benefit necessarily from backconnect proxies as it may rapidly become prohibitively expensive — in that instance acquiring the means to set up your own infrastructure to operate your own private proxies may be more appropriate.

Conclusion

In conclusion, a backconnect proxy server offers access to a provider’s vast IP pool. It works by routing incoming traffic through the provider’s proxy pool. They’re best used in large-scale activities that require hundreds of thousands or millions of IPs and the anonymity and resistance to rate-limiting that offers. However, they come with some drawbacks, such as a high cost and slower connection speeds.

Abed Elezz
Abed is an inventor, author, developer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and inventor of Proxidize, one of the fastest growing companies in the proxy industry, and the author of PROXY KNOW, the leading proxy guidebook. Abed has also been developing closed and open source proxy solutions for a decade.
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Abed Elezz
Abed is an inventor, author, developer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and inventor of Proxidize, one of the fastest growing companies in the proxy industry, and the author of PROXY KNOW, the leading proxy guidebook. Abed has also been developing closed and open source proxy solutions for a decade.
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