RSocks is a Russian (or at least Eastern European) proxy and VPN service in business since 2016. It’s known for responsive customer support, highly flexible plans, and no less flexible business practices.
It’s hard to consider RSocks a proxy provider in the strict sense. The company only functions as an intermediary – it resells the proxy networks of others, combining and repackaging their products as it seems fit. That’s hardly unusual, but it means that RSocks has less control over the proxy network and different products can wildly differ in quality.
It also means that RSocks can be highly flexible in offering its services. The prices range from $10 for 20,000 (admittedly, barely working) IPs to hundreds of dollars for quality residential addresses. If one month is too long, you can rent proxies for a day and even an hour. Heck, the residential proxies have 70 different packages to choose from! Sometimes, all this choice can seem overwhelming.
Unlimited bandwidth is another one of RSocks’ strengths. It applies to all but one product and is the most relevant for residential proxies. This, of course, impacts the quality, but for some the trade-off is worth it. And the third noteworthy feature is the ability to pause plans until you need proxies again.
Unlike other providers, RSocks doesn’t shy away from the more shady areas of proxy use. How often do you see providers selling packs specifically for mailing? Not often at all. The company even has a mechanism to promote itself on Trustpilot, offering to exchange good feedback for a free trial. In reality, people’s opinions are mixed, as evidenced by the comments section below this review.
Controversies aside, RSocks really seems to focus on customer experience: the website is fully translated into Russian and Chinese; you can pay with a variety of unconventional payment methods (DMZ? Yandex.money? Ethereum?); multiple customer support agents are at the ready 24/7 to help you in three languages.
But does this make RSocks worth your money?
Let’s find out.
- Many options
- Short-term plans
- Unlimited traffic
- Great 24/7 support
- Hit or miss performance
- Expensive for longer tasks
- Shady practices
- Proxy types: residential, mobile, datacenter (shared)
- Protocols: HTTP(S), SOCKS
- Locations: Plan-based
- Audience: Hustlers & SMBs
- Reselling: Yes
- Extras: Proxy checker
- Support: 24/7 in 3 languages
- Payment options: Credit card, Yandex.money, AliPay, WebMoney, Bitcoin, Ethereum
- Trial: For positive feedback
RSocks Service Overview
RSocks has something for nearly everyone, as long as you’re looking for proxies. You can get most IP types, save for ISP and dedicated datacenter proxies. We unwrap each product below but here’s a short overview:
- Residential Proxies – 70 different packages with IPs from real users. Good when you need many average-quality residential addresses with no traffic limits.
- Mobile Proxies – unlimited traffic IPs on a cellular connection. Best for managing various online accounts.
- Exclusive Proxies – premium-quality residential addresses that charge by traffic. For protected websites that the other types can’t crack.
- Personal Proxy – one shared or dedicated datacenter proxy address that you can use for months. Good for changing your IP for anonymity purposes.
- Free Proxies – a list of IPs collected from public sources. They usually work only for the most basic web scraping & automation tasks.
- Datacenter Proxies – a larger list of IPs that’s still collected from public sources. It should perform better than the first service but you shouldn’t expect much. Very inexpensive.
Despite their differences, the above proxy services have some things in common: limited threads, one whitelisted IP, and unlimited traffic. You can increase the limits on the first two by paying more. The third applies to all services except for Exclusive Proxies.
Aside from proxies, RSocks also offers a VPN service. VPNs fall outside the scope of this review, so let’s leave it at that.
One more worthy mention is RSocks’ Proxy Checker. It’s an app for all main operating systems that allows testing and filtering proxy lists. The provider seems to value this tool a lot, as many of its proxy services require filtering IPs in one way or another.
RSocks Proxy Networks
Over 70 plans with unlimited traffic.
Overview: These are your regular IP addresses issued by internet service providers. RSocks claims to have over 3 million proxies online, but you can never access the whole pool – it’s spread out across a variety of plans. While some of the pools may look small, they’re constantly updated every few hours – or even minutes if you choose one of the rotating plans.
Purpose: Overall, this service is suitable when you need many mediocre residential IPs, and you’re planning to use a lot of traffic. So, for something like web scraping.
Features: The functionality is spread throughout packages, and not one package can access everything at once. For example, if you need proxies in one location, you can simply buy a specialized plan. But what if you want two? Or three? RSocks suggests getting a Mix plan and using its proxy checker app, but that’s still highly inconvenient. City and ASN targeting are out of the question.
The same applies to IP rotation: you generally get one setting with little influence over it. Some plans refresh up to 30% of IPs in an hour, while others rotate everything every 10 minutes. There’s no plan that can offer rotation with every connection request.
A curious thing about these proxies is that there’s a plan for mailing (a no-no with most providers). They also come with unlimited traffic, which is something to consider when most residential proxy services count gigabytes.
Pricing: It highly depends on the duration and package type. You can buy plans for an hour, day, week, or month. For example, Mix Pro, which is the first plan on the roster, offers 10,000 IPs and 500 threads for $10 an hour or $650 a month.
Competition: In this case, RSocks’ main competitor is Storm Proxies, which also offers unlimited traffic. Storm Proxies has fewer features but is generally cheaper, unless you buy shorter duration plans. If you have larger needs, then Shifter is another option. While expensive, its IP pool is larger and supports more granular location filtering.
Shared mobile devices with unlimited traffic from over 70 locations.
Overview: IP addresses from mobile devices on a cellular connection. They’re not borrowed from real people like residential proxies but rather hosted at USB dongle or mobile phone farms.
Purpose: This kind of mobile proxies aren’t fit for making many connection requests, as you only get one access address. Instead, they’re often used for managing social media, e-commerce, or ad accounts.
Features: RSocks has probably the largest variety of non-P2P mobile IP providers. Its proxies cover 72 cities in 39 countries, primarily focusing on the US. But even some non-US countries have multiple locales to choose from (such as Germany).
You can choose a carrier while buying the plan. In the US, the most frequent carrier is Verizon, but some cities also offer T-Mobile and AT&T. There are three rotation settings: every 5, 10, or 30 minutes. Like other similar services, this one has no traffic limits.
From what I’ve understood, you share a mobile device with other users. This may limit its responsiveness, and it certainly limits the number of threads you can make to 30. There’s an option to rent a private device, which unlocks both rotation intervals and parallel connections.
If one location isn’t enough, RSocks offer an option to get a Multiport service. It basically gives you access to all mobile proxy servers, so you don’t need to buy a separate plan for each.
Pricing: You can buy access for a day, week, or month. Daily access costs between $3 and $5, depending on the country. Monthly access ranges between $40 (Eastern Europe) and $100 (the US). For comparison, other mobile proxy providers charge ~$80 for monthly access on average.
The Multiport plan is $25 per day or $240 per month. It’s very expensive, but few other companies can get you this variety.
Competition: Port-based mobile proxies with unlimited bandwidth are becoming quite popular. But most of them are still of limited scale and can’t really match RSocks in features. Some notable mentions are ProxyGuys (for US IPs), IPRoyal, and The Social Proxy.
Traffic-based premium residential IPs with surprisingly good performance.
Overview: As the name suggests, exclusive proxies are the company’s best product. It comprises a pool of 8 million of residential proxies – IPs from the devices of real people. According to RSocks, they’re the cleanest and most performant addresses the provider offers.
Purpose: Because of a higher price and limited traffic, you should use the exclusive proxies when RSocks’ regular residential proxies aren’t enough. For example, if you experience too many connection errors or can’t reliably access strict targets (like Google).
Features: The exclusive proxies cover all countries and have pretty granular location filtering options: you can specify a country and ASN. RSocks allows generating up to 50,000 ports, which may be the most on the market, but also caps threads at 500 (upgradable).
The proxies rotate every 15 minutes, and you can’t really influence this setting. It’s take it or leave it.
Pricing: Save for perhaps the mobile plans, these proxies are the most expensive RSocks has to offer. To be fair, it’s a hard comparison to make, as they’re the only ones that charge by traffic.
Compared to other providers, though, RSocks’ exclusive proxies are pretty affordable. For example, Bright Data will cost you $17.5 per gigabyte for 5 GBs, when here it’s only $6. At 100 GBs of data, RSocks’ price dives to $3/GB. This puts the product in the category of affordable providers like PacketStream and IPRoyal.
The plans plateau at 100 GBs, so it’s clear that RSocks targets individuals and small businesses rather than large enterprises.
Performance: When we tried RSocks’ proxies the last few years, they were pretty mediocre. So, it came as a surprise to see how good this proxy pool was compared to the prior performance.
The success rate exceeded 98%, and the server handled load well. Only the response time was slower than we’d like. The results translated well into real-world targets. Overall, these are good proxies.
We benchmarked the proxies without filtering them by country. Most of the IPs came from the former Soviet Union or third-world countries. This shouldn’t reflect the pool’s full composition, but it seemed like an interesting factoid to mention.
Competition: The closest competitors are Smartproxy, IPRoyal, and PacketStream. All can be considered affordable yet performant services that have an eye on small businesses.
Smartproxy is the most expensive of the bunch, but it also has the most to offer. IPRoyal supports SOCKS5, while PacketStream has solid fundamentals (though no advanced features).
Various large lists of shared proxies.
Overview: IP addresses that originate in a data center. What RSocks’ webpage forgets to mention is that these proxies are semi-shared. In other words, you’ll be using them with several other people (but fewer than with the Shared plans).
Purpose: Mostly automated access to relatively unprotected targets. The datacenter IPs will be more stable than RSocks’ shared proxies, and they’ll work better. However, you shouldn’t expect much success with strict websites – especially considering that RSocks sells these IPs in bulk.
Another difference from the Shared proxies is that the Datacenter plans are strictly for white-hat use cases. No mailing, no hacking.
Features: You get a large list of static IPs in your chosen location, mostly in packs of 1,000 proxies . There’s 5 US cities and 14 mostly European countries to choose from. The plans limit threads, but 500 isn’t exactly an anemic amount.
Pricing: You can buy the datacenter proxies for a day, week, or month. All but one plan cost $99 for 1,000 proxies and 500 threads.
Competition: Smartproxy and NetNut both offer bulk rotating proxies. For large static lists, the closest analogue would be ProxyScrape.
One shared or dedicated datacenter proxy for your personal use.
Overview: One IP address for your personal use.
Purpose: Gaming, anonymous browsing, other use cases where you simply need to change your IP address.
Features: You can get a shared or private datacenter IP. There are around 50 countries to choose from – a considerable number.
Pricing: The private variant costs from $5 per month, so I don’t see why anyone would choose it over something like a VPN. However, a shared proxy is only 40 cents per month, which is dirt cheap.
Competition: Few providers sell a single proxy address, so this product is pretty unique. The ones we know but haven’t tested recently include Proxy Bonanza and YourPrivateProxy.
Somewhat curated public proxy lists.
Overview: IP addresses which many people use at the same time. They’re similar to free proxy lists, only with stricter filtering. RSocks gives no guarantees about these IPs, and all the ports are open. So, using them will either be a coin toss, or you’ll have to spend considerable time filtering working IPs with RSocks’ Proxy Checker.
Purpose: For very simple web scraping projects where IP quality doesn’t matter much. I wouldn’t really recommend this plan, unless you have a really limited budget.
Features: You get a list of 10,000-20,000 static IPs. At the time of writing, IPs in 136 countries were available. But the top was dominated by tier 2 countries like Brazil and Indonesia, and many locations had fewer than 10 IPs.
Pricing: $3/day or $10/month. This is very cheap, but the quality isn’t great. The same price would get you 10-15 shared datacenter IPs from private sources.
Competition: Mostly free proxy lists, such as hidemy.name.
To create an account with RSocks, you’ll have to provide an email address, username, password, and a way to reach you over one of the major communication apps, such as Telegram, Skype, or QQ.
After logging in, you’ll enter the RSocks dashboard. It’s a convenient tool whose purpose is to let you buy, configure, and follow the status of your proxies. To buy a plan, you deposit some money into a wallet using a long list of payment methods, and then simply get whichever service you need.
You can also use the dashboard to open a support ticket or start a live chat with RSocks’ customer support representatives. The dashboard is evidently well made, and I’ve had few issues with it.
Compared to other providers, however, it lacks any kind of visualizations or usage statistics. This makes troubleshooting problematic. Thankfully, most plans have no traffic limits, so there’s less to track of. But the one that has, Exclusive Proxies, is outfitted only with a simple counter of the remaining traffic.
The proxy setup is done in separate tabs dedicated to that particular plan. Usually, you first whitelist an IP address, select from a few settings in a widget if the package supports it, and export the resulting proxy list. This applies to the residential proxies as well.
To help you keep track of what’s what, RSocks has a notification center. It can inform you about billing matters or simply send you news via email or Telegram.
RSocks Proxy Checker
For checking proxies and simplifying work with proxy lists.
RSocks Proxy Checker is a program that analyzes proxies based on a number of parameters, including:
- IP address availability
- Proxy speed
- Spam database presence
- Anonymity level
The checker greatly simplifies work with proxy lists, especially if you’ve bought a shared proxy plan. Best of all, you can use it with any IPs, not only those of RSocks, and the tool is available on all major platforms: Windows, macOS, and Linux.
For whitelisting your IPs.
The IP-Changer was made to compensate for the fact that RSocks only supports whitelisted IP authentication, as this can get problematic for users with dynamic IPs.
The changer automatically checks the user’s IP address every ten minutes, and if it’s changed, it rebinds all the proxies to the new address.
Unlike the Proxy Checker, IP-Changer was designed to work only with the provider’s services. It’s also only available on Windows.
RSocks’ customer service is something the company takes pride in. And it really is good, or at least able to assist you at any hour. The customer support agents work 24/7 and communicate in multiple languages.
You can contact the customer service via tickets or live chat. Whenever I tried using the former, a reply came within five minutes. Most of the times, the answers were helpful, though admittedly I didn’t throw any hardball technical questions.
However, the agent I communicated with wasn’t able to provide simple information about the number of countries the Exclusive plans covered, and suggested trying a (paid) trial instead.
This really was the only way to learn what I needed. The FAQs failed to answer the question, and RSocks lacks a knowledge base. So, there are also no setup or configuration instructions. Maybe they’ll come with time.
Budget range? Choose from penny-pinching shared proxy plans and semi-shared datacenter proxies to premium residential IPs. Protocols? Any kind. Use cases? Netflix, Youtube, web scraping… Even email is on the table.
The quality of the services may and does differ. I’ve read much negative feedback about the Shared proxies where people had their expectations set too high. While outdated, our previous tests of RSocks’ residential proxies found them mediocre at best. However, the Exclusive proxies we tested this year were a different beast altogether.
Most of the plans are pretty cheap, especially if you buy them for a short while. However, the monthly options can cost hundreds of dollars, doubly so if you get the upsells (such as more threads).
The customer support is excellent, and the whole presentation gives a strong impression that RSocks really cares about you – or at least your money.
Then again, the fact that RSocks does not own the proxies and only resells them is sobering. Where do the IPs come from? Is this whole thing legal? How legal? Perhaps these are silly questions, but buying feedback on review websites doesn’t doesn’t exactly inspire credibility. Then again, RSocks has been in business for years, and it’s growing steadily.
Overall, I’m conflicted about RSocks, and my score reflects that. Go with this provider if you need many IPs without traffic limits or have a large short-term project to do.