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IPRoyal vs. Oxylabs - An In-depth Feature Comparison

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IPRoyal and Oxylabs are both established proxy providers with services designed to help clients protect their online privacy, gather online data, perform SEO research, avoid geo-restrictions, simplify app testing, and more.

If you’re wondering which provider might be the right option for you, read on. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the key features they offer. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from the most popular proxies to pricing and support, so that you can make the right choice.

IPRoyal vs. Oxylabs - Who Are They Built For?

Both providers offer proxy services and tools for businesses and individuals worldwide. Along with proxies, Oxylabs offers specialized web scraping solutions, while IPRoyal is exclusively focused on proxies, their features, performance, and several unique advantages.

Let’s take a quick look at the key features and pricing of both.

Provider IPRoyal Oxylabs
Residential proxies • Ethically-sourced
• 2+ million in 195 countries
• City-level geo-targeting
• Non-expiring traffic
• Sticky & rotating
• High-end pool option
• Unlimited concurrent sessions
• HTTP/HTTPS & SOCKS5
• Ethically-sourced
• 100+ million in 195 countries
• City-level geo-targeting
• Monthly plans
• Sticky & rotating
• Unlimited concurrent sessions
• Limited SOCKS5 support
Datacenter proxies • Dedicated
• Unlimited traffic
• 30+ countries
• API support
• HTTP/HTTPS & SOCKS5
• Dedicated & shared
• Unlimited traffic (dedicated)
• 188 countries
• API support
• HTTP/HTTPS & SOCKS5 (dedicated)
User experience • Simple registration
• Easy ordering
• Instant delivery
• Intuitive dashboard
• Quick integration
• Simple registration (phone number required)
• Limited self-service
• Intuitive dashboard
• Quick integration
• No account balance
Reselling • API support
• Regular feature updates
• AUP policy
• No public information
Support • Available 24/7
• Instant response
• Dedicated managers
• Ample documentation
• Available 24/7
• Quick response
• Dedicated managers
• Ample documentation
Pricing • Highly customizable
• No subscriptions
• Pay-as-you go option
• No minimum deposit
• Various payment methods
• Subscription-based
• Pay-as-you-go option
• No crypto payments

Residential Proxies

Both IPRoyal and Oxylabs offer genuine residential proxies sourced from individuals who agree to share their bandwidth and get compensated for it. Their pools cover 195 countries worldwide, and users get unlimited concurrent sessions with sticky and rotating IPs. Both providers offer user/password and IP whitelisting authentication. That’s where the similarities end.

Here’s what sets them apart.

IPRoyal

Unlike most providers, IPRoyal doesn’t require monthly commitments, focusing exclusively on the pay-as-you-go model and allowing clients to purchase proxies on demand.

On top of that, residential proxy server traffic doesn’t expire, so it’s an ideal option for those who don’t really know how much traffic they need and when exactly they’ll need it. Clients can also use the auto top-up feature to automate orders, add residential proxy traffic as needed, and avoid service interruptions.

What it lacks in pool size, IPRoyal makes up with pricing and bulk discounts. The starting price per GB is significantly lower at just $7/GB. Buying traffic in bulk gets it down to just $1.75/GB, and enterprise clients can even get special discounts on top of that.

It’s also important to note that IPRoyal offers more precise sticky session control (from one second to seven days). Certain users will also benefit from the high-end pool option, which ensures they only get the fastest IPs in a specific location.

Oxylabs

Oxylabs states that their proxy infrastructure consists of 100 million IPs worldwide. They also offer slightly more precise geo-targeting with ZIP code-level selection for US-based proxies, which many other providers don’t have.

The sticky session control is somewhat limited - clients can create sessions that only last up to 30 minutes. SOCKS5 support is also limited to TCP and website traffic at this time.

Aside from pool size, the key difference compared to IPRoyal is the pricing model. Oxylabs offers a pay-as-you-go plan that starts at $15/GB. While IPRoyal offers no limits, Oxylabs limits this plan to 50 GB/month. Going with one of the monthly plans does reduce the price per GB:

  • Starter - $300/month, 25 GB - $12/GB
  • Advanced - $600/month, 60 GB - $10/GB
  • Premium - $800/month, 100 GB - $8/GB

Here’s a quick overview of the key differences:

Provider IPRoyal Oxylabs
Pool size 2+ million 100+ million
Targeting Country, state, and city-level Country, state, city, ZIP-level
Non-expiring traffic
Sticky sessions From 1 second to 7 days From 1 second to 30 minutes
SOCKS5 support Yes TCP and web traffic only
Starting price $7/GB $15/GB

Datacenter Proxies

When it comes to datacenter proxies, things don’t look much different. Both providers offer dedicated datacenter proxies, but Oxylabs also has a shared option. Great speeds, unlimited bandwidth, API integration, and SOCKS5 support are present in both cases. The key differences here come down to geo-targeting options and pricing.

IPRoyal

With IPRoyal, users can choose between 30+ locations with no difference in prices. In terms of pricing, users can choose the number of proxies (from 5 and up) in three plans - 30, 60, or 90 days.

The starting price for 5 dedicated datacenter proxies in a monthly plan is $9. On top of that, the number of IPs in the order and the chosen plan can reduce the cost significantly (down to $1.39 per IP). Thanks to excellent order customization options, IPRoyal makes a significantly more budget-friendly option.

Finally, IPRoyal offers self-service datacenter proxies. You can place an order, get a confirmation, and start using your proxies within a minute. On the other hand, Oxylabs offers this option only for shared datacenter proxies. For dedicated IPs, clients must contact their sales team.

Oxylabs

Dedicated datacenter proxies from Oxylabs are available in 188 countries. Clients also get city-level targeting, while IPRoyal’s proxies are limited to country level. Shared datacenter proxies are priced per GB, and offer only 15 locations to choose from without city-level targeting.

Pricing starts at $180/month for dedicated datacenter proxies, which is significantly higher. For that price, clients get 100 IPs in the United States or 60 IPs elsewhere. Shared datacenter proxies start at $50/month (for 77 GB of traffic).

Here’s a quick overview of the key differences:

Provider IPRoyal Dedicated Oxylabs Dedicated
Targeting Country and subnet-level City and subnet-level
IP whitelisting
Self-service
Starting price $9 for 5 IPs/month $180 for 100/60 IPs/month

User Experience

Seamless operations and ease of use can make or break the overall experience when it comes to choosing the right provider. IPRoyal and Oxylabs have a similar approach with a few key differences.

Let’s get into the specifics.

IPRoyal

The registration process at IPRoyal only requires a valid email. Once the registration is complete, clients can start placing orders and using most of the available services. It’s important to note that these orders will be limited to an extent by the KYC policy. However, what you have available as a new client is more than enough to test IPRoyal’s services.

The dashboard is intuitive and very easy to use, with shortcuts to all products, proxy configuration, documentation, quick-start guides, and other helpful information. Once you make an order, a confirmation arrives almost instantly, and you can start using your proxies in under a minute.

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Oxylabs

To register with Oxylabs, you need to provide a phone number. While this is fine for enterprise clients, most individual users probably won’t be thrilled about it. The same goes for the KYC policy. All clients must go through it before they can start using any of the services.

The Oxylabs dashboard looks very streamlined. Everything is where you’d expect it to be, with lots of useful content, including integration, tutorials, and more. However, it’s not possible to purchase certain products without contacting the sales team first.

Reselling

While it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when considering proxy providers, reselling can be an essential feature for certain types of clients.

IPRoyal

The platform offers API support for resellers, along with a clear AUP policy. Anyone can become a reseller - all it takes is sending an email to the support team. Once they respond, users can start creating sub-users and reselling residential traffic. There’s also no minimal amount of traffic you need to purchase.

The reseller dashboard allows management of sub-users and everything else a reseller may need. You can create new sub-users, assign traffic, whitelist IPs, rotate sessions, and more.

It’s important to note that residential traffic starts at $7 per GB. While this is already well below the industry average, the price can be reduced significantly (to just $2.45 per GB) when buying in bulk. Once bought, the traffic never expires, so resellers don’t have to worry about it going to waste.

Oxylabs

While Oxylabs does offer a reseller program for rotating residential proxies, there’s not much information available publicly. The only information available in the FAQ is that the provider offers lower prices than the ones listed on the website.

After emailing their support, we learned that Oxylabs has a dashboard for resellers with API support, where they can create an unlimited number of sub-users. The pricing starts at $1,500 for 100 GB of residential traffic.

Support

A lot of factors go into the customer experience. Both IPRoyal and Oxylabs have 24/7 support, with swift response times even outside of working hours. They also offer ample documentation, guides, integration tutorials, and more.

Here are the key differences.

IPRoyal

The support team replies almost instantly, ready to answer any questions and help with troubleshooting. IPRoyal provides dedicated account managers only for larger clients.

In terms of support tools, IPRoyal offers free extensions for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome-based browsers, along with a Windows-based proxy tester.

Both extensions work with all proxy servers as long as they have a username and a password. Users can also create profiles, use different proxies for specific traffic (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and a fallback proxy), and switch between them with a single click. The proxy tester allows users to test proxy lists with any website and export working proxies (or select the fastest ones) for deployment.

Oxylabs

The chat support team was just as responsive as IPRoyal’s, with an average response time of a bit over a minute. You can talk to their support team in English, Chinese, Russian, and Lithuanian. Unlike IPRoyal, Oxylabs provides dedicated account managers for all clients by default.

When it comes to support tools, Oxylabs also offers a free browser extension. However, it only works for Chrome-based browsers and allows users to create single-proxy profiles for all types of traffic.

On top of that, Oxylabs offers a free Android app that lets you manage proxies on your smartphone, with identical functionality as their browser extension. It’s important to note that the app currently only supports HTTP proxies.

More importantly, all traffic will go through a proxy once you enable it, which can cause some issues like certain apps not working. Oxylabs blocks access to Google with their residential proxies, so users often complain about not being able to access any of Google-based services

Provider IPRoyal Oxylabs
24/7 support
Instant response
Multilingual support team
Dedicated account manager Enterprise clients All clients
Browser extensions Chrome, Firefox Chrome
Proxy tester
Android proxy manager

Pricing

Finally, it’s time to talk about pricing, and these two providers approach it in very different ways. Both offer a pay-as-you-go option for residential proxies, with some key differences. When it comes to datacenter proxies, both providers offer monthly plans, but those are also very different.

Here’s what you need to know.

IPRoyal

The rotating (or Royal) residential proxies pricing is based on the pay-as-you-go principle, with no subscriptions and minimum orders. The traffic also never expires, which is a significant advantage. When we take into account excellent bulk discounts, buying larger amounts of traffic makes perfect sense as it’s significantly more budget-friendly. The lowest price per GB available at IPRoyal is $2,45/GB.

Just as an example, purchasing 100 GB of traffic would cost $455 (at $4,55/GB) with no expiration date.

In terms of datacenter proxies, IPRoyal’s pricing starts at just $9 for 5 IPs/month. You can get your proxies in monthly plans, with a discount of up to 23% based on the plan duration and the number of proxies. With all the discounts combined, the lowest monthly price per IP is $1,38.

Finally, IPRoyal offers an account balance, reducing risks of payment failures and enabling better management and faster transactions. Aside from traditional payment options (PayPal, credit cards, Bancontact, EPS, Giropay, iDEAL), the platform also accepts payments in over 70 cryptocurrencies, which is a significant plus for privacy-conscious clients.

Oxylabs

Oxylabs also offers a pay-as-you-go option for rotating residential proxies, starting (and ending) at $15/GB. Unlike with IPRoyal, all unused traffic expires at the end of the month. The provider does have monthly plans split into Regular and Enterprise tiers, so that clients can get a better price per GB. However, these plans are focused on large business users with pricing to match.

Again, as an example, purchasing 100 GB of traffic would cost $800 (at $8/GB), and you’d lose any unused traffic at the end of the billing cycle (month).

When it comes to (dedicated) datacenter proxies, Oxylabs starts at 100 US-based IPs (or 60 in other locations) at $180/month. There’s a 10% discount if you go for a yearly plan. It’s also worth mentioning that you can’t place an order without contacting the sales team.

Unlike IPRoyal, Oxylabs does not offer an account balance and only supports credit cards, wire transfers, PayPal, and AliPay.

Provider IPRoyal residential proxies Oxylabs residential proxies IPRoyal datacenter proxies Oxylabs datacenter proxies
Pricing model Pay-as-you-go Pay-as-you-go and subscription Subscription Subscription
Starting price $7/GB $15/GB $9 for 5 IPs/month $180 for 100/60 IPs/month
Lowest price $2,45/GB $4/GB $1,38/IP $1,50/IP
Non-expiring traffic

IPRoyal vs. Oxylabs: Final Thoughts

Both IPRoyal and Oxylabs offer proxy services for businesses and individuals worldwide. However, there are several key differences in terms of features, capabilities, pricing approach, and more.

IPRoyal offers highly competitive pricing and unique plans, focusing on ease of use, quick feature development, and customer care. It’s an ideal option for those who need a budget-friendly solution without sacrificing quality, speed, and performance.

On the other hand, Oxylabs offers advanced web scraping products, a more developed infrastructure, and a personalized approach to each client. It’s an excellent solution for those who can take advantage of larger IP pools and don’t mind paying a premium.

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