Netnut though new in the industry, has come with its own twist and unique features that earned it a unique love among proxy users. Learn more about their pros and cons in our Netnut reviews. Click now to read!
Netnut is new in the industry – no doubt. However, it has managed to walk its way into the minds of people, with many calling it the next big thing. It even boasts of being the finest residential IP proxy network. It claimed to have a virtually 0 fail rate and has a reduced latency compared to other proxy networks. In addition, it also claimed to be very fast. While it is their marketing teamwork to use selly words, we are proxy reviews, and our own work is to provide honest reviews. This will be done in this article.
|Price Charged||Bandwidth or Request|
|Price Sample||20GB – $300 (Monthly)|
|Pool Of IPs||10+ million|
|Filtering/Targeting||Worldwide targeting & US city-state selection|
|Free Trial||7 days|
|Support||Skype Live Support, Email, and Detailed FAQ|
Netnut is a premium residential proxy provider. But it is not your conventional proxy provider in the sense that unlike other residential proxy providers that make use of Peer to Peer (P2P) network, it makes use of a clearly different and more efficient network – DiviNetworks which makes it more stable, secure, and efficient. This is because all traffic is routed through their network with no third-party computer required. Their proxies are fast, and you will enjoy a lowered latency rate compared to many residential proxy providers in the industry.
However, their proxies are not one of the cheap options out there because they are premium providers. Their location reach and targeting is also of major concern. These and many more will be discussed in the review that follows.
I will start the review with the good side of Netnut proxies – why you should use them. This will be discussed in this section as the pros.
If you ask me, I will tell the that the number one feature that differential Netnut residential proxies and the residential proxies of other premium proxy providers like Luminati, GeoSurf, Oxylabs, Smartproxy, and others is that it is DiviNetworks powered and dependent.
All the aforementioned premium providers make use of P2P network for providing residential IPs. They need the network connection of other computer users for them to function, and if along the way, a user switches off his/her network connection, your connection is dropped until they hook you to another device – this is fast, though.
However, in the case of Netnut, they do not make use of end-user internet connection. They get their residential IPs supplied to them directly by the Internet Service Providers (ISP) through the help of DiviNetworks.
DiviNetworks works with over 100 ISP across the globe, and as such, getting residential IPs in different locations around the world is not much of a problem to them. Because they do not need Internet connection of others to function, they are more stable and efficient since you won’t experience the occasional drops like in other residential proxies.
Excellent Proxy Pool Size
When it comes to proxy pool size, you have to give it up to Netnut. While it is not the part of the 3 largest proxy networks in the market, it is arguably one of the largest proxy networks in the by pool size – and this is a big deal considering the fact that it is fairly new compared to others in its league. The pool size is put at over 10 million residential IPs. What’s interesting about the Netnut proxy pool is that its IPs are ethically sourced directly from ISPs. In addition to these IPs gotten via direct ISP connectivity, they also have a backup P2P proxy network for scalability boost.
One thing you will come to like about the proxies in their pool is that their IPs are always active and online. A good number of residential proxy providers will tell you they have huge IPs and will allow you access to use the pool. In reality, only a few of those IPs are actually active at any given time since members in a P2P network decide when to keep their network open or not. For Netnut, this is not the case. It is before of this that they are able to provide static IPs and provide you 100% control over sessions.
Excellent Session Control
If you are looking for residential proxies that you’ll have 100 percent control over it session management then, Netnut is a proxy you need to look at because it guarantees you the best type of sticky IPs and control over the IP. This capability stems from the fact that they use direct IPs from the ISP. Because they are direct IPs, they are always online, and as such, you can use it for up to 30 minutes without changing it.
There’s a catch here, though – because you have 100 percent control over the session, IP rotation is completely in your hand, and as such, rotating IP addresses is done by you and not Netnut. You have to rotate it at your own interval else; you risk getting them blocked if you continue using them for a long time.
Acceptable Scraping Performance
Web scraping is one of the major reasons people use residential proxies, and as such, it requires a different section in this article, so web scrapers know if it will work for them or not. To answer this question, we had to put them to test on 10 popular sites that cut across search engines, social networks, and shopping sites. We send 300 Concurrent requests. The result is displayed below.
|Performance on 300 Concurrent connections|
|Test||Success Rate (%)||Error (%)||TimeOut (%)||Block (%)|
The table above shows that even though there is some good number of blocks, timeout, and server errors, the result of our performance test is acceptable. For the majority of blocks, they are captchas based restrictions, and with good captchas solver, you shouldn’t have them standing in your way again.
High Speed and Low Latency
How many seconds will it take a request sent through Netnut proxies to get through and a response received? To find out this, we tested it. The initial belief is that because they make use of DiviNetworks, their response time should be better than other providers. However, this is not the case. Notwithstanding, the result we got was acceptable.
Average Response Time (s): 5.013
From the chart above, you can see that the response time isn’t breaking any record. But they are fast enough can be said to be acceptable.
Proxy Connection Speed
If it is in the area of speed, you have to give it to Netnut; they did a good job in this regard and thanks to the fact that they do not use any third-party Internet connection. The pings or latency associated with their proxies is quite minimal compared to many proxy providers too. Their internet connection is quite strong from the data with got testing their proxies using the Speedtest tool. Below is the result.
- Average Ping: 73ms
- Average Download: 28.49 Mbps
- Average Upload: 11.45 Mbps
Chrome Extension and Developers’ API
Another thing you will come to like about Netnut is that they provide an Chrome extension to make setting proxies on Chrome easy. You will agree with me that the default way of setting proxies on Chrome is not convenient – and it becomes time-wasting if you need to change location. There are a good number of proxy managers you can use to make the whole process easy and stress-free. However, if you intend to use Netnut proxies, there’s no better way of doing that than using the Netnut Chrome extension as it makes switching proxies and proxy locations easy.
In addition to the Chrome extension, they also have a developer API available. The developer API is meant for retrieving proxy usage data in real-time. This will help you know whether you proxy data balance and avoid errors as a result of data exhaustion. Both the Chrome extension and the developers’ API comes at no extra cost – they are free to use provided you have an active subscription with Netnut.
Netnut got it right in this aspect except for the fact that they do not have live chat support integrated into their website. However, they have something similar in place. When you create an account with them, you are assigned an account manager, and a Skype chat will be created for both of you to use. The account manager replies as soon as he/she gets your message, and their account managers are professional if I am to rate them with the responses I got and how others rate them.
Aside from their Skype live chat support, you can also contact them via email if you feel your account manager isn’t as helpful as you need, and they equally respond quickly. They also have an excellent FAQ page that provides answers to common questions their customers ask them.
Netnut is a premium proxy service provider, and as you know, premium providers hardly provide free trials in the residential proxy market. However, they are new in the industry, and not many people actually know of their existence. To bridge this gap and make them appeal to customers, they provide intending customers a 7 days free trial.
Interestingly, their free trials do not come with much of restrictions as you are even assigned an account manager as a free user – interesting isn’t it? However, because they offer this 7 days free trial and expect you to make a decision whether their proxies will work in your case or not, they do not offer a refund policy.
Easy to Set up and Use
One thing you’ll also come to like about Netnut is that their proxies are easy to set up. They have a very clean and minimalistic dashboard that makes things easier for you. This together with the fact that an account manager is assigned to you, makes things, even more, easier for you. As a subscriber of their service, you are given access to their dashboard.
From this online dashboard, you can view your used and remaining bandwidth. There is also a section that shows you how to integrate their proxies into your applications. They have a simple API that can help you fetch bandwidth usage data in real-time. This will come in handy when you want to know how much bandwidth is left programmatically.
This point is not peculiar to Netnut only – most premium residential proxies are expensive. This stems from the fact that developing and maintaining a pool of residential IP addresses is not cheap like datacenter proxies. Netnut residential proxies are sold in bandwidth with their smallest plan costing $300 and come with 20 GB.
This means that a GB costs $15. One good thing about their pricing model is that the more bandwidth you buy, the cheaper their bandwidth becomes. In their 1 TB plan, a GB is priced at $3.5. Payment is through PayPal and Credit cards only.
In addition to their bandwidth based plans, Netnut also has support for request based plan that are based on number of successful requests. They are however, expensive and you will require a minimum of $7500 to make use of their request based plans. Payment is through PayPal and Credit cards only
Do I Recommend Netnut?
Just like every other provider, Netnut has its strengths and weaknesses. However, it has proven to be a provider you can trust to buy premium proxies from. With a pool of over 10 million residential IPs sourced directly from ISPs, good connection speed, and scraping performing, and professional dedicated account managers, you will be making the right choice buying proxies from them. You can even claim a 7-days free trial and test their proxies beforehand.
However, you need to know that they are not the best for you if you require Socks proxies, and they do not offer them.
Our Expert's Review
Scaping Performance - 7.9/10
Proxy Network - 6.5/10
Proxy Functions - 7.2/10
Customer support - 5.9/10