Running a proxy server for $$

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  1. ben10023

    ben10023 Regular Member

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    I've been thinking about setting up a proxy service for ex-pats and others who want access to UK on demand TV streaming (i.e. iPlayer, 4OD, iTV whatever its called). Pretty sure there's a big market and not too much competition. For the US guys, Hulu and perhaps netflix would be a similar comparison. I was wondering if anyone has any experience in this, or just running a proxy server in general?

    I guess I have two options:

    1) Run it from home and my own personal connection, with a dedicated computer connected to my router 24/7. I've read up on it and I don't think its beyond my technical abilities but I'm not too sure if it will cause more problems that money it brings in, managing passwords/logins, support which will be needed for the inevitably clueless customers, and potential latency issues.

    2) Hire a VPS and run it off that, which will require initial outlay but would be more scalable as I would have access to a lot more bandwidth. However, what would a company think about me sending that much traffic through? A lot of them are unmetered but constant media streaming might come foul of there t&cs.

    Any thoughts?

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    I do not think you will have any problems with VPS IF your proxies use authentication. I would not try to do this from my home, DSL can;t offer you such services.
     
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    your isp likely won't let you do it on a residential connection so you either can't do it at home or you would have to setup a business connection through them which is costly (if it's even available where you live)

    streaming is very resource intensive so you shouldn't do it through a vps which means dedicated servers would be required. also, many hosting providers will not allow you to run a proxy in their network so you'll have to check with them to make sure you won't get slapped with a violation which can lead to server suspension/cancellation
     
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    Yeah just done a bit more research. Looks like a VPN reseller program is the best bet. Prices vary dramatically, but on the low end they start around $3 a month, so there's definitely profit to be made.
    I think with a decent website, some SEO + marketing and automated account set-up this could be quite a nice passive income.
    I could also outsource the support for fairly cheap I reckon..
     
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    MoreMoneyMoreProblem BANNED BANNED

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    I use to run 5-10 proxy sites when I was in 10th grade which is about 5 years ago and would have to say the bandwidth will be high on whatever hosting you use. I would suggest Host Gator for your hosting, that is what I used and I had no problems with them about the bandwidth usage.

    Proxies are ok money if you know how to promote them correctly. I had a couple which I promoted on proxy listings and forums and these had a couple hundred users daily up to a thousand but this wasnt as targeted as word of mouth and telling other students about my proxies which the real money came from.

    If you need any help send me a PM.
     
  6. megusta

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    If you will do it with VPN each user will have to download client or add new connection to windows.Which is kinda time consuming for them.

    And for like $3 you are getting only one account not whole server for reselling lol.

    For reselling vpn access you would need dedicated server with unlimited bandwith
     
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    Thanks for your input, and no I've never been a sys admin which is precisely why I'd rather resell VPN connections rather than run my own server.
    Bear in mind though, I'm not selling to people who are looking for a VPN for traditional purposes, only to access catchup tv sites and as such wouldn't have to offer such robust security or anonymity features.

    Obviously I need to do a certain amount of due diligence on my providers as I would be responsible.