Using Proxies to Maximize IP Addresses

The use of proxies has changed greatly since I started in IT about 25 years ago.  Then most company networks in medium sized companies usually managed with a single proxy running something very simple or annoying like Microsoft ISA server.  Of course most corporate networks still use proxies, however now they’re needed to cope with internet access on the desktop and adding an extra layer of Anti-virus protection to the client PCs.

However it’s outside the world of IT support that I’ve seen proxies change the most. Nowadays you’ll see all sorts of people using them, for all sort of reasons ranging from privacy to online businesses.  You’ll also see big corporations and marketing companies investing in proxies in order to analyse and support their online businesses.

One of the problems of the internet as far as international companies goes is that it’s sometimes difficult to assess what your advertising or web presence is like in another country.  A large company will often spend to create a presence in lots of different countries but it’s difficult to assess how those efforts are working sometimes.   For example a US company will find it difficult to assess how they look in South Africa if they’re sitting in an office in New York.

It’s because so many components of the internet are becoming localized.  Search engines and advertising sites will tailor their results based on the location of the user and it’s difficult to bypass this effectively. The only certain way is to use an IP address in your target country, however to do this you need someway to deliver that experience to your computer.

Also IP addresses are expensive and often abused so decent residential based IP addresses are even more costly and difficult to obtain.   To accomplish lots of task especially marketing and research you need an awful lot of them too.  Fortunately there are now solutions which offer the facility to gain access to lots of these addresses without huge costs previously involved.

The solution to this issue is to stop the actual assignment of individual addresses to specific proxy servers.  Instead a concept has been developed called residential backconnect proxies, which focus on providing address pools to proxies which can be switched easily.   The IP addresses are stored and allocated through a central database which assigns to individual connection request either randomly or sequentially.

So when a request comes from the client to visit a certain website, the proxy is then allocated an IP address from it’s pool.  It’s at this point the type and location of the IP address can be determined, so a French address could be assigned if the client requested a French resource for instance.  Also other important factors can be assigned – perhaps a residential address or one allocated for use on a specific social platform.  This means that many people can gain access to a huge pool of IP addresses without concurrent connections.  This is important especially with social networks, where many concurrent connections from individual IP addresses can raise red flags.

It also ensures that the expensive addresses like residential ones are not abused or end up getting blocked or banned.  Having central control over which addresses are used is much more efficient than selling access to them individually to different people.  Also being able to maintain a list of residential addresses and a list of Netflix addresses means that the resources are not misused by mistake.

 

Can We Trust Dynamic Optimization

Dynamic Compiling, Dynamic Optimization and Code Morphing are some of the buzz words you’ll find used often in programming circles especially online.  Yet for anyone who’s released a piece of code or an update that’s gone wrong, they are phrases that can make you very nervous.   So what do these phrases actually mean and what is their impact on today’s technology?

Dynamic Compiling and Dynamic Optimization are the most common names for it. “Code Morphing”, the most hip term so far, was coined by David Ditzel of Transmeta. The Tao Group prefers the name Dynamic Binding. However, there are still people who use another name altogether: Binary Translation (because translation is such an essential aspect of the technology). But don’t worry. I will use the nice simple abbreviation CF (Code on the Fly) to prevent ourselves from getting all tongue-twisted.

Yet our technology is everywhere now and in some senses it’s impossible to keep up with all the improvements and updates that are necessary.   Even applying security patches to code can be a huge job and many organisations struggle to cope with even this basic requirements.  Imagine the thousands of servers and proxies in most corporate network which need constant updates without even considering normal efficiency based code changes.  This becomes even more important when you have critical roles for specific servers although the volume is obviously reduced.  The ‘point of entry’ server for large backconnect databases you find for people trying to access bulk shared proxies such as these potentially affect thousands of individual connections.

Like most technologies, CF is really a simple concept disguised by big fancy words. An example is the best way of understanding what it’s all about.

We will use Java as our example because it is so popular these days. Java programs are really “pretend-programs” written for a “pretend-computer” called the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). To run a Java program, a “real-program” is needed that pretends to be the JVM by emulating it. Now emulation is very slow. So to speed things up a Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler is used. The JIT compiler converts the Java program into a “real-program” by generating code for the “real-computer” while the JVM program is running (or in other words, on the fly). JIT compilers are faster than emulators because they execute Java programs more directly than the emulator’s slow interpretive layer. A JIT compiler is an example of Dynamic Compiling. Pretty straight forward, uh? Traditional compilers don’t fall into the CF category because they generate code before the software is delivered.

Even microprocessors use Dynamic Compiling. Instruction level parallelism (ILP) (also known as Out-Of-Order [OOO] Execution) is attained by re-arranging instructions, which is essentially a form of Dynamic Compiling. The entire Pentium line translates the horribly complex x86 opcodes into the micro-ops actually understood by their underlying RISC engines. Similarly, Transmeta’s Crusoe and the Elbrus 2000 translate x86 and IA-64 instructions into those actually used by their respective VLIW processors.

There is a whole spectrum of opportunities available for optimization. Static optimization at compile time is one point on this spectrum. Dynamic optimization at runtime is another. Dynamic Optimization is a more advanced form of CF. It aims to improve the performance of (already) native programs. This task is done by determining the hottest bits of code and laying them out next to each other. Since the code is no longer spread out all over memory, there is less trashing in the instruction cache. These straight lines of code are then optimized using traditional techniques such as loop unrolling, constant propagation and dead code elimination.

They are particularly useful in the role of e-commerce servers where dynamic updates mean that downtime is minimized.  Many of these sites costs lots of money to update particularly when you consider the volumes of sales involved.  However the upgrades are essential because they are frequently the target of abuse, either criminal or people trying to abuse the systems.  Once example is where people use so called ‘sneaker proxies’, read about them here, to bypass restrictions and create resell markets.

A technique unique to Dynamic Optimization is the removal of each method’s entry and exit code, thus effectively inlining the entire function on the fly. These optimizations address the inability of compilers to optimize across method boundaries, virtual function calls, DLLs and components. Compilers can not see past these boundaries because they don’t know which calls will be made at runtime. They also don’t know what the user input or targets of dynamic linking will be. Thus Dynamic Optimization fills a niche that compilers cannot.

Need Lot’s of Proxies? Here’s a Solution

For many online activities particularly those crucial money making operations, scale is important. Although making a few dollars from reselling a pair of in demand sneakers is great, it’s not going to pay all your bills. The key to many methods to making money on the internet is to increase volume and you can’t do that with a single digital identity.

Take for example a method using an social media site like Instagram. You may have found that you can advertise your product and promote it using pictures and posts, making a few sales each time you do so. Unfortunately when you try and do this multiple times you’re going to get filtered, blocked or even banned. Most of these websites try and discourage commercial activity unless your paying them directly to advertise of course. So the secret is to spread out the activities using multiple accounts and to do this you need multiple identities.

If you’ve ever tried to open a bunch of social media accounts from the same location, you’ll know it doesn’t work. The first one or two might but then your accounts will get rejected. The same if you try posting to different accounts from the same address, they’ll get flagged and blacklisted at a minimum or more likely deleted completely. If you’ve ever see the pain of someone losing a valuable and popular Instagram account, you’ll know how traumatic that can be.

The solution to running multiple accounts, posting multiple ads or basically to scale anything up is to run multiple identities. Proxies used to be the normal solution to this problem and to some extent they still are. However the complexities are growing and the days of just grabbing a free online proxy to hide your identity are long gone at least as far as most modern websites go. There are many problems with this method but the most blatant one is that you won;t be the only one doing this.

For example if you search online and find a free proxy which you want to use for posting your Instagram profile, there will almost certainly be loads of people doing this already. To access any website while possibly hundreds of people are doing this concurrently is very bad news for those profiles. The profiles will at the very minimum be flagged for suspicious activity and could very well be deleted very soon after.

The same goes for accessing any sort of website, multiple connections from a single IP address is easy to detect and will always mean trouble. Of course the risk is there with paid proxies too, the problem is that IP addresses are expensive and it costs a lot to have them dedicated primarily to you. A dedicated proxy server with reserved IP addresses is great but it comes at a cost. If you need loads of addresses then you’re talking serious money.

There is also a need for proxies with specific purposes, whether for certain sites or particular roles. For some speed will be important and there are some providers who offer specialised video proxy servers with high bandwidth and throughput.

To remedy this issue and make sure that the costs don’t spiral out of control, there’s a new concept called rotating or backconnect proxies.  These work in a very similar way to traditional proxies but with a slight difference.  Instead of having a handful of different IP addresses assigned to the proxy itself, after every connection request it connects using an IP from a central database.  There can be literally thousands of IP addresses in this database all reserved for each proxy and these will be rotated equally.

This means there’s no risk of concurrent connections from the same address and they can be equally shared among a lot more users yet still remain ‘unique’ to each specific connection.  The practically advantage is that the cost is hugely reduced.  Compare this with something like this UK VPN service free trial system which offers a few addresses.  However there is little guarantee that you won’t be sharing those same addresses with hundreds of other users at the same time.

Hiding Your IP Address to Watch the BBC

Every single device which is connected to the internet has an IP address.  That little network number is something that you literally cannot do without if you want to access anything on the internet.  The reason is that to communicate over the web you need to use something called TCP/IP which requires every device to have a network number in order to work.

That number might look rather generic or made up, but in fact it’s unique on the internet.  No other device anywhere on the planet has the same address as you and it’s the nearest thing to a digital identity that we all have.   Unfortunately, it is also used against us in a variety of ways ranging from the annoying to the sinister.

Now we’ve probably all seen those spy or crime solving dramas where the ‘IP address is traced’ and of course this is perfectly feasible.  Most IP addresses can be traced back fairly easily to the exact device which is using it.  However more problematic is the increasing way that this address is used to filter or make more money from us.

Your IP address is also an indicator of your nationality, at least your current national location.  If I try and access my Hulu account while travelling, I’ll get blocked because it’s decided I’m not in the USA.  However the real tribulation is losing access to the BBC the minute I’m not in the UK, this is a major loss!

Now the reasons for these restriction vary from channel to channel. Hulu places restrictions probably because it has the broadcasting rights for a specific country and if you move outside this area they’re not covered.  The BBC used to be quite relaxed about allowing it’s content to be visible from anywhere but they got very strict a couple of years ago.  Yet there’s no need to worry although these channels use our IP address against us, you can actually take back control and watch whatever you want irrespective of your location.

As you can see in this video, it is possible to watch all the BBC programmes online from anywhere including Australia. You can do this by hiding your real IP address and showing a false one instead. There are many methods of doing this, however most of them involve hiding your true location by routing your connection through a server based in the correct country.

These server are called proxies or VPN servers and there are two main requirements for them to work properly. Firstly they must be undetectable, and secondly they need to be based in the location your pretending to be from. So if you want to watch the BBC then you need a UK server, for US channels you need one somewhere in the USA. There are variants of course, and a new system called Smart DNS is one of them which is becoming increasingly popular.

If you’re outside the UK, missing the BBC and want to see it in action then check out this post – Watch BBC Abroad for Free – Trial Offer which gives you 14 days to try it out. Unlike the normal VPN solutions it’s actually very simple to set up as all you need to do is modify your DNS servers. On most devices this is relatively straight forward and even means you can set this up on smart TV and phones.

One things for sure, when you take control of your IP address you regain a huge element of control when you’re online.

So What are Ticketmaster Proxies?

Have you ever rushed over to a ticket site eager to grab some a chance to see your favorite bands only to find 90 seconds after they’ve gone on sale every decent ticket has gone?  You’re left deciding between some restricted view seat quarter of a mile from the stage or paying some shark four times the cover price on eBay.

You can’t understand it because you sat in front of your computer with a credit card in one hand and your mouse poised over the buy button.  How could so many human beings have beaten you to the tickets, how is it possible for you to be that slow!   Well don’t worry you’re not alone and if it makes you feel any better the odds were stacked against you from the beginning.

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There are lots of variables that are involved when trying to grab hotly contested tickets.  Things like the speed of your connection, the distance between you and the ticket site are all relevant and largely out of your hands.  Yet the major issue is that you’re not competing with other human beings but computer software with response times in milliseconds.  Not terribly fair is it!!

The computer software is designed to select and purchase tickets as fast as possible.  Indeed it’s likely thousands were already checked out before you managed to move your mouse or click a button.  In essence you were already doomed to competing for the secondary tickets before the sales window opened.

Nobody likes this of course, apart from the individuals who snap up these tickets.  The ‘scalpers’ as they’re commonly called though can make serious money from reselling these tickets on sites all across the internet.

So how do they do this and is it possible to beat them at their own games?  It is possible and not actually that difficult but if you’re just looking for the odd ticket then it’s probably not worth the hassle.  However if you club together for friends and family and you go to a few concerts (or would like to) then it’s possible to join the scalpers in a morally superior way.

Brief Look at the  Ticketmaster Beating Technology

The easy bit, but often quite expensive is the software.  There are custom bots around which work perfectly especially those designed around specific platforms like Ticketmaster.  The technology isn’t difficult to create a Bot, however the problem is that the ticket companies are forever instigating technology to block and ban people who make multiple applications.  This means that the software is always needing updating to make sure it still works.

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They’re not actually rocket science as you can see from the relatively crude graphical screen, but there’s a lot of work that goes into these Bots in order to keep them working hence they’re not that cheap. The best ones change a lot so you’re probably best googling for the latest Ticketmaster bots try and get a trial if you possibly can but that’s not always possible.

Ticketmaster Proxies are Essential

Unfortunately a one time payment for the bot is not going to be enough, because there’s one crucial component missing.  If you sat at your home PC and just  ran the software, your career as a concert ticket baron would be relatively short lived.

One of the major focuses for the Ticket sites is to detect multiple and duplicate connections.  They check browsers, meta data and most importantly IP addresses to ensure that people aren’t trying to make multiple applications.  the only thing that would happen if you ran any sort of Ticket Bot on your home connection is that your IP address would be blocked and blacklisted very quickly indeed.

The other essential component are proxies, servers that sit between you and the ticket site hiding your IP address and connection details.  You need the proxy to effectively create alternative personas so that the bot can legitimately buy lots and lots of tickets.   The number you require obviously depends on the scale of your purchases – if you’re just buying a few for friends and family you only need a handful of different addresses.

Now don’t think you can grab a few free proxies from the internet because they won’t work.  Most will be blocked already and anyhow they will be far too slow to effectively grab tickets quickly.  The requirements are fairly specific – you’ll find the best proxies for ticketmaster have the following qualities:

  • Residential IP addresses – although quite difficult to get these make you look like a genuine home user.
  • Not blocked by Ticketmaster – there’s little point using them if they’re already blocked.
  • Fast – speed is essential, slow proxies can completely defeat the point of using a fast bot.
  • IP switching – you need to switch addresses after each attempted purchase.

Normally these sort of requirements could be extremely expensive – as you would requite private residential proxies dedicated to you only.   However systems have been developed based on vast pools of IP addresses which proxies can rotate through automatically.  This massively reduces the price and automatic rotation ensures the IP addresses are not abused and blacklisted.

So that’s it the shopping cart if you want to move into the illicit world of concert ticket arbitrage or too throw all your scruples out of the window and make a ton of money by ticket scalping.  It doesn’t need a technological genius, just a half way decent computer, a reasonable internet connection and an investment in the software and proxies.

If you’re still keen, these are two of the best suppliers of specific ticket proxies which work and don’t cost the earth.  If you do this, try on a small scale first and then ramp up, whatever you do don’t skimp on the proxies though

Both these companies have great support and decent prices, ask them questions they’re very helpful.

Storm Proxies – Trial Accounts Available
Rotating Proxies

Best of luck.

Rise in Residential IP Providers

If you’re looking for an online, potential boom market then providing residential IP addresses could be the one you’re looking for.   A few years this simply didn’t exist and indeed most people (even IT professionals) probably couldn’t tell you what a residential IP address is and what you might need one for.

In the past it wasn’t actually that important, after all as long as you had an IP address then that’s all you needed.  Where it came from, what it was had no real importance as long as the address was valid and you could go online with it.  However this has pretty much changed, the IP address is taking on much more of a significance often in ways that are invisible to the end user.

Residential IP Providers

Consider that the vast majority of websites now will record your IP address in some way.  Everything from the huge international web presence to the two page geeky blog from your favorite online author.   Some will have installed complex systems to do this but more commonly it will be available through Google Webmaster or Analytic tools.   Potentially any web site can glean lots of information about you the very moment you visit the site.

This might be disconcerting to some, who probably still think that there’s a default level of privacy available online as long as you don’t start filling in forms or posting under your real name.  The reality is that there’s virtually none, unless you take some concerted effort there’s no privacy at all.  Your IP address is the key to your location, your identity and the link that allows webmasters to make all sorts of assumptions and decisions about you.

One of the most important factors that people are beginning to look at is the classification of the IP address.  For the home user who’s logging in from a connection to an internet service provider then that’s almost certainly going to be classified as a ‘home or residential’ user.   Believe it or not that’s a very powerful and important indicator for many websites – it marks you as being a potential customer.

Look at this video about using private proxies for Instagram, and you’ll get an idea of why many people value these IP addresses so much.

A residential IP address is a normal user who is probably accessing their website from home. As opposed to a user from a commercial address who could be at work or worse using a VPN or proxy to hide their true identity. What’s more this ‘residential address’ can also be located much more easily to a specific location. Imagine how important it is to an e-commerce website that they can determine that a visitor is a normal home user from the US or Europe. Indeed many e-commerce websites are only really interested in specific users, i.e. those who are potential customer as opposed to informational websites which have a much broader brief.

Why the Need for Residential IP Providers

There is obviously a temptation for the webmasters to focus on the people that who will potentially buy from them. After all a local store in downtown Chicago is going to prize residential addresses located in the Chicago area. Whereas visitors from commercial addresses or those located on the other side of the world are much less likely to become paying customers. There are many options the web site can take even with this fairly basic pieces of information – route them through to special areas, make special offers and so on. Indeed many web sites will use it to filter out potentially ‘bad traffic’ – e.g fraudulent transactions are much likely to come from a remote IP address or one diverted from a commercial data center through a proxy.

It’s following this logic that some companies have used this to help block entire sections of IP addresses based on location and classification. It’s most common in the entertainment industry where movies and shows are often licensed on a ‘per country’ basis. For example you can’t watch the BBC online unless you have a British IP address and you can’t access Hulu without an American IP address and so on. The country based restrictions are extremely common and are usually referred to as geo-targeting. People are generally able to bypass these restrictions and blocks fairly easily by using VPNs and proxies with servers based in the required countries.

Netflix however has introduced a very restrictive filter which blocks many of these servers. It’s not enough to have an IP address based in a specific country, you also have to have am address which is classified as ‘residential’ too. A normal VPN or proxy won’t work anymore as these have addresses usually allocated from commercial datacentres. There’s an interesting article about the concept here – Why You Need a VPN with Residential IP for Netflix, which explains what the media giant has done. For many VPN companies this meant the end of selling to potential Netflix users simply because the required addresses are so difficult to obtain.

You can still  get access to Netflix and indeed there are some companies who offer residential IPs with proxy servers and even a residential VPN.   However there’s not many of them and you should check carefully especially if you need to access a service like Netflix which only works with them.   Other companies also restrict access based on the classification – for example many social media sites like Instagram and Facebook check the origin of IP addresses.   As such many internet marketers or online businesses invest in static residential proxies in order to operate multiple accounts for marketing purposes.

You can buy residential proxies yet remember they can be expensive simply because the IP addresses are very difficult to obtain.   Where you buy them from very much depends on what purpose they are needed for.   If you’re looking to access social media or e-commerce sites then you should look for specific location – i.e to buy multiple items from the Adidas web store the best residential proxies would be those based in the US.  You’d also need many more addresses if you’re operating multiple accounts or making lots of purchases,

For accessing resources like Netflix all you need is an address based in the US, there are a couple of VPN solutions which have a selection of residential US proxies.  These can  be used to access the US version of Netflix – here’s the best options and you can test it for 14 day for free.

Smart DNS Proxy

If you’re looking for cheap residential proxies for building Instagram accounts or building a Sneaker business then you’ll need a lot more.  The following is one of the few residential IP providers who actually own the servers that their addresses sit on.

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Wireless Security Initial Concepts

Wireless security is an important part of your wireless network Without even getting Wireless Security into wired Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) there are certain things you can do to make your network secure and shut down the easy avenue for the hacker attacks.

An acronym for Wired Equivalent Privacy, WEP is an encryption scheme used to protect your wireless data communications.

WEP uses a combination of 40-bit keys to provide access control to your network and encryption security for every data transmission. To decode a data transmission, each wireless client on the network must use an identical 64 or 128-bit key.

Securing Wireless Networks

Ever since 2001, the use of wireless networks has exploded both in home and corporate environments. By 2006, more than 80 millions wireless local area network (WLAN) nodes should be in the hands of residential and business users combined.

Securing WLANs has been a concern almost since their inception and while much progress has been made with the introduction of WEP and WPA, both have been shown to have their own weaknesses or implementation issues.

While 802.11i is said to improve upon WEP and WPA, it is not yet commercially available and it may prove over time to have its own weaknesses as well.

There are wireless security steps that network administrators and home users alike may take to augment the security of their wireless networks, and discussing some of these steps is the purpose of this site.

None of these steps is intended as a replacement to WEP or WPA, but rather as a complement. Many of these steps do not apply to public hot spots, however, as it is generally the intent of the spot’s owner or operator to make access as easy and convenient as possible.  After all we use our networks for an increasing amount of our lives from entertainment to household and financial management.

Just have a look at this video which demonstrates how an ex-pat has turned their wireless network into a home entertainment portal. Although the channels listed are not accessible outside the uK by relaying through a third party server you can hide your location. It’s doesn’t always work but there are solutions you can see – Netflix America in UK. It’s an example why a fast, secure wireless network has become something of a necessity in the modern world.

Please remember that computer security is a complex issue and it would take volumes just to explain all of the ins and outs, but if you take some precaution to secure your wireless home network, you’ll have a basic understanding of this technology and a excellent start.

Quick Tip: All wireless devices must use the same WEP key!

Adapters and access point and other equipment all come with a default password and other settings – You should quickly change these values. Leaving these default values unchanged, just invites trouble, remember this is your private network, but the airwaves are public and the door is open to anyone that’s up to no good.

The most important values to change are the SSID, make sure this setting is the same for all devices in your wireless network.
A few things you can do to make your SSID more secure

  • Make it unique
  • Change it regularly
  • Disable SSID Broadcast

The SSID (Short for service set identifier) also referred to as a network name because essentially it is a name that identifies a wireless network.

Is the unique name shared among all devices in a wireless network. The SSID must be identical for all devices in the wireless network. It is case-sensitive and must not exceed 32 alphanumeric characters, which may be any keyboard character.

Quick Tip: It is important to note, however, that using the manufacturer’s default SSID, makes it easier for hackers or individuals to identify the access point’s manufacturer and look for specific weaknesses that may be used to gain unauthorized access or deny others access.

Make sure this setting is the same for all devices in your wireless network to insure Wireless security, I recommend that you change the default SSID to a unique name of your choice.

Disabling SSID broadcasting can be a useful security feature. However, when SSID broadcasting is disabled, Wireless site survey tools such as Windows XP’s Zero Configuration utility will not function.

It is best to disable the SSID broadcast until you have configured all of your wireless network clients.

Additional Reading: British TV Abroad, James Collins.

Confused About Wireless Speeds – Standards Archive

Confused about wireless speeds, on your wireless home computer let me explain. All of the important standards are know by Wi-Fi the standards are themselves maintained by a association called Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) interoperability among the various products is a good thing.

One of the first standard to hit the market and still the most popular is called 802.11b with a rated speed of 11 Mbps – mega bits per second A standard for 802.11a, it is rated at 54Mbps – 25 Mbps – when .11b is not present and yes, “b” came before “a”

The newest product on the block with an increase in wireless speed 802.11g which is rated at 54Mbp unless you install a 802.11b card (11Mbps) , then the speed drops to the slowest device 802.11b, but they are compatible with 802.11b network interface (NIC) cards.

They should also have no problems or issues with using standard protocols such as TCP/IP which has a reliable connection and delivery protocol.  You can use them on servers and multihomed devices such as rotating proxies

Because of backward compatibility, older and slower 802.11b radio cards can interface directly with an 802.11g access point and vice versa at 11Mbps or lower wireless speeds , depending upon the range.

Quick Tip: The wireless speed gold standard is*802.11g – – the newest, fastest and most powerful kid on the block 802.11 radio technology that broadens bandwidths to 54 Mbps within the 2.4 GHz band.

In other words the two standards work together fine. But if I where installing a new wireless network or adding new wireless pc’s I would use the *802.11g for all of my computers.

We all like speed and no matter how fast we can go, on line or off , we still want to do it faster. When I moved my ISP account from the basic dial up modem (56Kbs) and replaced it with Cable I was one happy computer guy.  Let’s be honest those days are long gone and little basic modems wouldn’t keep up with even a very basic static web site now.

Most people now expect to be able to stream directly irrespective of which device they’re on.  How many of us have sat in a cafe or on a bus streaming HD quality video to the small phone in our hand, this takes a serious amount of bandwidth even if you have access to a 4G network.  I know for a fact that many people on my early morning train sit and watch the BBC on a VPN (we’re outside UK) using the wireless access point provided on the train.

Quick Tip: Troubleshooting cabling performance If you’re experiencing connection problems- check the following

So as far as wireless speed and wired networks are concerned…

    • Look for sources of interference, such as power outlets, fluorescent lights, power supplies, and coiled or extra-long cables.
    • Make sure all cable connections are secure. Check the link light on the network card – Nic – the devices you are connecting with each cable.
    • Make sure you have used the correct type of cables, either straight-through or crossover. Check hardware setup instructions to verify which cable you might need.
    • Be sure that you have not used a telephone cable in an Ethernet cable port.

The speed chain of command goes like this…

  • Fiber optic cable Uses light 186,000 MilesPsec, that’s fast The speed of light depends on the material that the light moves through – for example: light moves slower in water – glass and through the atmosphere than in a vacuum
  • Coaxial cable uses shielding to keep the signal focused and RG-6 & Cat. 5E 350MHz Dual Cableuses shielding to keep the signal focusedl reduces interference
  • Twisted pair Most commonly used in wired networks – UTP Cat 5e twists the pairs around each other to reduce interference and reinforce the signal

Sneaker Proxies and Servers

Many people spend literally thousands of dollars a month on using proxies, a fact that surprises many.  After all if you do a quick google search you’ll find lots of lists of free proxies all over the place.  Many are listed as being super secure and elite, so why on earth do people spend lots of money on them.

Well firstly, it’s important to remember that anyone who has the vaguest clue about online privacy, anonymity and the risks of cyber crime would never go anywhere near a free proxy server.  At best there badly configured proxies accidentally left open by some overworked networked admin somewhere, which means that you’re potentially stealing bandwidth if you use them.  At worst, and it’s an increasingly likely scenario the proxy has been left open on purpose in order to steal user credentials like emails, accounts and passwords.  It’s not much of a choice really, so you’d be advised to stay well clear of them.

sneaker proxies and servers

So there is a big market for safe and legitimate proxies for a variety of uses and one of the most popular is buying sneakers from online web retailers.  You see all the big retailers of sneakers (trainers in parts of Europe) release limited edition versions of their sneakers which are very much in demand.  You can try and buy them online but it’s very difficult to do and you’d have to be very quick and luck to even grab as single pair.

Obviously because they’re scarce and valuable then some people want to get lots of these – there’s an obvious profit opportunity there even if you don’t want to wear them.   So how do people get to buy loads of these sneakers online from palces like Supreme, Footlocker and Nike well they basically use software.

There are lots of automated tools and bots which you can configure to attempt to buy these sneakers when they become available.  If you get the right set up you can buy loads of these for whatever purpose you like.  The software acts like a human purchaser but with infinite patience repeatedly trying to buy the specified sneakers until they are successful. Lots of people buy up loads of these and indeed run successful businesses simply reselling these shoes at inflated prices.

TO maximise their chances they install the software programs on high availability servers with lots of bandwidth.  These can be programmed remotely to leap into action as soon as a new release becomes available.

The issue is that obviously the retailers don’t like this and try and block access to all automated efforts to buy the sneakers.  They look for things like multiple connections from the same IP addresses and ban these instantly. Which means even if you have your own server if it tries to often to buy the sneakers then it will get banned and the server and software will be unusable.

The solution is to add another layer of protection by utilizing sneaker proxies to hide your location and allow the software or Bot to rotate it’s identity in order to keep running.  It’s not difficult to do but the the essential requirement is that these are sneaker proxies with a special configuration.

The first important component which you’ll never get with free proxies is to ensure it has lots of residential IP addresses.  These are actually quite hard to get because these addresses are only normally handed out by ISPs to home users.  Most online retailers know that people try to hide their locations and often block all non-residential IP addresses automatically. Normal commercial VPN and proxies will have commercial IP addresses so won’t work in this situation.

This is what makes sneaker proxies so special, they should definitely have residential IP addresses which makes them pretty much undetectable from normal home users.  Unfortunately it’s also what makes them so expensive as obtaining, supporting and running these sorts of residential proxies is pretty costly.

There are a few companies around who have managed to obtain and specialize in residential IP proxies but there aren’t many.  In our opinion the best and most trusted supplier is a company called Storm Proxies which you can find in the link below.

Storm Proxies

Advanced Residential Proxies – Backconnect Rotating IPs

One of the earliest uses of proxy servers were to add some control over access and bandwidth to the internet from large corporate networks.  Instead of having thousands of individual computers accessing the same resources individually, a proxy can request, cache and forward the same information.  Firstly this helps reduce network traffic but more importantly allows network administrators to control and check both incoming and outgoing traffic in a single spot.

This is of course, not their only use and nowadays you can find proxies all over the place in all sorts of configurations.  The proxy server has found a new lease of life as an effective way of hiding your location and staying anonymous online.  In this article we are going to talk about a specialised configuration now commonly used for supporting automated tools and bots that people use online.

It’s easy to hide behind a single proxy to complete a single task,  however if you want to use software which performs multiple tasks then it becomes a little more complicated.  The main issue is that if a proxy is detected it can be blocked or filtered really easily, adding it’s IP addresses to a black list effectively make that proxy useless with regards  that site.

You may have come across this message in some form when using Google for instance –

Residential Proxies

it’s simply a message triggered when Google receives too many requests from a single IP address.  You can actually cause it to happen manually just by searching too quickly but obviously any software will trigger it much more easily.  So for example, research tools which send multiple requests to search engines becoming completely useless in this situation.

This is a problem suffered by all sorts of tools which need to process multiple connections to specific websites.  Things like SEO tools, automated posters, Sneaker and Twitter bots and hundreds of other automated tools that people use online to make money online.  None of them will work properly without using a significant number of proxies to support these requests.

Using Residential Proxies with Rotating IPs for Automated Tools

There are several important things to remember about using proxies in this way, including the type of IP addresses that are assigned to them. There are two major classifications of available IP addresses, commercial and residential.

  • Commercial IP Addresses – are assigned to private companies and datacentres.
  • Residential IP Addresses – are assigned to individuals and home users usually through their ISP (Internet Service Providers)

By far the most valuable are residential IP addresses simply because commercial addresses are mostly detected and blocked automatically.  Most commercial sites want to allow ordinary users, who will almost always originate from a residential IP address. Unfortunately most commonly available addresses are commercial as they usually are assigned to servers in datacentres.

If you sign up for a web site, hire a dedicated server or even just subscribe to a VPN service – all the IP addresses will be classified as commercial ones.   These addresses are actually very simple to get, however the home user addresses needed for dedicated residential proxies are much, much harder to obtain.  If you try and search you’ll find there are not many residential IP providers online.  The primary source of these addresses is ISPs however these are only allocated to individuals at specific locations.  It’s impossible to simply buy a range of residential IP addresses and assign them to some high powered servers stored in a datacentre unfortunately.   They can be obtained but the process requires contacts, expertise and lots of hardware to support them.

Private residential proxies and their addresses are therefore extremely valuable and it’s vital that they do not become banned or blocked from overuse.  Although the classification of these addresses won’t cause them to be blocked, they will be banned if too many concurrent connections originate from them.

A simple proxy server with a few residential IP addresses, isn’t going to cut it – a few automated tools running on a high bandwidth connection is going to burn through them pretty quickly.  People running all sorts of tools like Twitter Bots, Sneaker Bots and high end SEO tools need thousands of these addresses in order operate.  Even if you buy rotating proxies there’s no guarantee that this will be sufficient to support many of these tools.

Fortunately a couple of companies, and it’s no more than this have built something much more sophisticated.   These networks consist of residential IPs backconnect rotating proxies which can support thousands of IP addresses and allow all these tools and bots to run without issues.  These backconnect proxy servers aren’t single servers which simply forward and receive data like traditional proxies.   They are actually a gateway to a mesh of different machines supporting thousands of IP addresses and configurations networked together.  Every request is filtered through a different proxy and rotated through a a unique configuration with varying referrer data.

These networks allow you to point at the network and switch through thousands of IP addresses, they even switch the referrer data.  They’re obviously extremely difficult to assemble and take ongoing development however they allow thousands of users to run these high powered automated applications.  The only company who own and run their own hardware to support these residential backconnect proxies is called Storm Proxies.

You can buy residential proxies and other specialised servers on the link below.  they include a 48 money back trial as standard.

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