What does the proxy’s speed depend on? Is there any way to increase it?

What determines the speed through a proxy

  • First of all, the speed through the proxy depends on the Internet speed of the Android device itself. If the phone’s speed is, for example, 3 Mbit, then getting 4 Mbit or 20 Mbit on the BigDaddy plan through the proxy is just impossible.
  • The proxy speed depends on both the incoming and outgoing speed of the Android device. The incoming speed affects the download speed of the websites you visit, and the outgoing speed affects the speed at which data is sent from the phone to the iProxy server. Read more about the path traffic takes in our article. The proxy speed can’t exceed neither the outgoing nor the incoming speed of the Android device.
  • Тheoretically, the speed through the proxy can be up to 2 times lower than the device’s minimum incoming or outgoing speed. This is due to the fact that the phone is loading websites and immediately sending data to the iProxy server. Practice shows that usually you’re forced to sacrifice 10-20% of the incoming or outgoing speed. We’re working on a solution that’ll lower that number as much as possible - stay tuned for updates on our Telegram channel.

Your next steps

  • Check your Android device’s incoming and outgoing speed.
  • If the device’s speed is 10+ Mbit, while the proxy speed can’t get over 5 Mbit on the Baby plan, then you should switch to a different plan. You can do that in the connection settings.

How do I increase the speed on the phone itself?

  • Change your mobile operator. Choose one that provides the best connection in the place where your Android device is.
  • Move your phone to a different location.
  • Get a new phone. The more expensive the phone, the better the connection. For example, an iPhone 11 Pro and an Alcatel 1 5033d in the same location and with the same mobile operator can give out 50 and 7 Mbit respectfully.

You should be aware that

  • There is a theory that the numbers mobile operators show during speed tests don’t correspond to reality. Sounds like a great marketing ploy. This may be another explanation of why during your speed tests you see a speed that clearly doesn’t match the time it takes websites to load through the proxy.
  • When picking out a mobile operator for a proxy, choose one that assigns the device a new IP address when it exits Airplane mode. For example, In Russia, Sberbank Mobile, Rostelecom or Tinkov don’t always do that. Ative in Kazakhstan and A1 in Belarus also don’t assign new IP addresses.
  • If you launch lots of mobile proxies from one location, best to choose multiple mobile operators. Each mobile operator has their own subnet, their own pool of IP addresses. This way your proxies will have access to a larger pool of IP addresses.

If you still have questions, be sure to check out our FAQ section. We’re also always available in our Telegram chat.

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