RSocks offers great customer support, a huge variety of pricing plans for every need, and fast proxies with unlimited traffic. However, there were quite a few timeouts and connection errors, so keep that in mind.
RSocks at a Glance
- Proxy types: residential, mobile, datacenter (shared, private)
- Protocols: HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS 4/4a/5
- Locations: Global, continent or country-based, depending on the plan
- Dashboard: Yes
- Support: 24/7 customer support, including tickets, live chat, and various communication apps
- Pricing: Varies highly depending on the pricing plan
- Payment options: Credit card, Yandex.money, AliPay, WebMoney, Bitcoin, Ethereum
- Trial: Only if you have a forum account
RSocks is a proxy and VPN provider in business since 2016. In these few years, it has made a comfortable foothold in the market, and today the company offers a whole range of proxy services to protect your privacy.
Most of them are conventional: RSocks can rent you any kind of residential or datacenter IPs for social media, web scraping, Twitch streaming, or what have you. You’ll also find less conventional options such as mobile IPs and personal proxies that honestly look like a gimped version of VPNs.
But you shouldn’t treat RSocks as just another proxy provider. Underneath the surface, there are quite a few curious things going on.
First, RSocks is not a proxy provider in the strict sense. Confused? So was I at first. Turns out, the company only functions as an intermediary: it has contracts with actual proxy providers and takes care of selling their IPs:
Second, unlike many other services, RSocks doesn’t shy away from the more shady areas of proxy use. How often do you see providers selling packs for mailing? Not often at all.
You can also find RSocks actively participating in threads on forums about cracking, leaks, and similar gray or black-hat activities such as nulled.to. Let’s not kid ourselves: every self-respecting proxy provider has a BlackHatWorld account.
But RSocks goes a step further. The company even offers a mechanism to promote itself on those sites, offering to exchange good feedback for a free trial. So, if you like to read specialized forums to evaluate proxy services, I’d take whatever you find there with a large pinch of salt:
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 payments methods (DMZ? Yandex.money? Ethereum?); multiple customer support agents are at the ready 24/7 to help you in three languages.
But what about the actual proxies?
Let’s find out.
Using RSocks Proxy
First, I’ll quickly go through RSocks’ services. Some of the options have unconventional naming, and it takes some digging to find out how exactly they all differ:
- Residential proxy – your regular IP addresses issued by Internet service providers. In this case, the residential proxy plans include only IPs of desktop devices.
- Exclusive proxy – dedicated IP addresses which you don’t have to share with anyone. I found that for the large part these are mobile IPs.
- Shared proxy – IP addresses which are used by many people at the same time. They are similar to free proxy lists but supposedly better looked after.
- Private proxy – simply a single dedicated IP address. You’d want these for things like gaming, but in that case I don’t see any advantages over a regular VPN.
- Datacenter proxy – IP addresses that originate in a data center. What RSocks’ webpage forgets to mention is that these proxies are semi-shared.
- Mobile proxy – IP addresses from mobile devices of users.
- VPN service – not much to say about this one.
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.
You won’t have to buy anything just yet.
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. You can also use it 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 no issues with it.
Compared to other providers, the dashboard lacks any kind of visualizations or usage statistics, but when none of the plans limit traffic, that’s not really necessary.
My only real gripe was that the notification center – which can inform you about your subscription status via multiple channels, such as email or Telegram – didn’t work on Chrome.
- Usage statistics. Not available.
- Credentials/Whitelist IP change. Yes.
- Support tickets. Yes.
- Renew plans. Yes.
- Live chat. Yes.
RSocks Proxy Checker
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.
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.
Usually, proxy providers have a range of plans based on a certain limitation: for example, GBs for residential proxies or the number of IPs for datacenter proxies. Larger plans simply increase the threshold for these limits and make buying proxies in bulk more efficient.
RSocks has decided to go with a much more granular approach.
Say you want to buy residential IPs. You’ll have a choice of a whopping 26 (!) residential plans based on geolocation, proxy rotation, or theme. For instance, you can buy USA proxies, USA rotating proxies, or Twitch proxies. Then, you can choose the duration: whether you want to rent IPs for an hour, day, week, or month.
This is good if you know what you want. Otherwise, you’ll very quickly get confused by the number of options and have to ask the customer support to help you.
Datacenter and exclusive proxies are more straightforward. Select the location, number of proxies, and how long you want them for:
Mobile proxies are based on the country and operator, such as Verizon in the US. You can get them for a day, week, or month:
Shared proxy IPs come in a list of around 20K addresses. You buy the whole list for a day or month. The locations are available on RSocks’ webpage:
Finally, if you want a personal proxy, you’ll have to choose a country, period (month, half-year, or year), and the number of IPs. RSocks will also ask you to enter the purpose for using the proxy – this is to help ensure it won’t interfere with other users:
Price wise, it’s hard to compare RSocks with other providers, such as Smartproxy, because their pricing models differ so much. But in general, you’ll be paying way above the market average for the monthly plans. So, I wouldn’t recommend RSocks for any longer tasks, unless you really need what the company has to offer.
Shared proxies are an exception to this rule. If you don’t mind the hassle that comes with using the same IPs with many people, RSocks can sell you really cheap shared proxies for basic tasks.
RSocks Residential Proxies
RSocks residential proxies are ISP-issued IPs of desktop devices. They’re really stacked in features: the proxies not only come with unlimited traffic, every protocol, but also have all ports open – a rarity among providers.
When you buy a residential proxy package from RSocks, you get a number of different ports with the same endpoint. Every port holds the same IP until it’s online and available. If it’s not, the provider’s infrastructure replaces the IP automatically.
- Traffic: All pricing plans come with unlimited bandwidth.
- Pool size: More than 1M proxies.
- Locations: There’s limited information about location coverage, but when you buy your proxies, you can choose from Russia, USA, Europe, China, Malaysia and Ukraine.
- Authorization method: One whitelisted IP only. You can get a second whitelisted IP, but then the price increases greatly.
- Sub-users: Not available.
- Session control: Not available. However, every endpoint continues to hold the same IP until it becomes unreachable.
- Location: The only way to choose proxies on a country level is to buy a location plan: Russia, USA, Europe, China, and Vietnam are are available.
- Proxy type: You can choose the Exclusive proxy which is a residential mobile IP, or Residential proxy, which is a simple residential IP.
- ASN/Provider/Carrier: Not available.
- Protocols – HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS5 protocols.
Are RSocks Residential Proxies Good for Sneakers?
We test proxy speed using ther free FOLGDN proxy tester on https://www.nike.com
Slow proxies are not only an annoyance – speed is crucial for successful sneaker copping.
Average speed: 7 sec.
RSocks residential proxies are not very fast, especially if you’re working with sneaker sites. I’d suggest another proxy provider for sneaker copping.
On the upside, none of the connection attempts failed, which is impressive.
Are RSocks Residential Proxies Good Performers?
For this test, I tried to access some of the major websites using 300 concurrent connections.
The proxies did moderately well, showing that RSocks has a decent infrastructure. However, the performance was notably worse compared to some premium proxy providers like Oxylabs.
Overall, there were no huge outliers, besides perhaps Google. The main blocks to Google were due to the 503 error (reCAPTCHA). That might cause problems if you don’t use a reCAPTCHA solver.
How Fast Are RSocks Residential Proxies?
There are many ways to contact RSocks: by opening a support ticket, using live chat, email, or writing over one of the many available communication apps.
I tried the live chat multiple times by asking questions about the proxies. The support representative always reacted within a few minutes and provided me with reliable information.
Communication via Skype was not as fast, but even then I didn’t have to wait long.
Overall, I was really delighted by the customer support experience and can say that it’s among the best in the business.
Noteworthy: RSocks always notifies you when your subscription is coming to an end and answers during the nighttime.
RSocks has got many things right: the provider offers proxies for any kind of customer. And by saying that, I mean it.
Budget range? Choose from penny-pinching shared proxy plans to semi-shared datacenter proxies, to exclusive mobile IPs. Protocols? Any kind, including even the antiquated SOCKS4. Use cases? Netflix, Youtube, web scraping… Even email is on the table.
The quality of the residential proxies I’ve tested is decent, but by no means great. Their speed was about average, so was the success rate. This concerns me looking at the price – the proxies will cost you, especially if you go for a longer subscription plan.
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 cracking forums doesn’t doesn’t exactly inspire credibility.
Overall, I’m conflicted about RSocks, and my score reflects that. Go with this provider if you need the features or have a large short-term project to do.
- Many features
- Unlimited traffic
- Great 24/7 support
- Proxies could be more reliable
- Expensive for longer tasks