Hence, we ended up building our own residential proxy, right now being powered by an old Raspberry Pi model B, it’s worth adding that it wasn’t as simple as we expected, specially keeping the SSH tunnel available (more on this below).
The approach is actually very simple:
The Raspberry Pi runs a simple HTTP proxy.
The Pi is connected to the internet on a router exclusive for it.
As the Pi isn’t easily accesible from the internet, it opens a SSH tunnel to the server that will connect to the proxy served by the pi.
Our scraper invokes the proxy as if it was running on localhost.
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