When it comes to sneaker copping, you cannot be over prepared – there are just too many factors at play. Even if you account for your bot, proxies and all the rest, connection or device lag might sabotage your operation.
Most sneakerheads know this feeling and it isn’t a satisfying one. After all, you have invested many hours and a lot of money into getting those shoes. To avoid this, sneaker servers are an important measure. Here’s what you need to know about them.
What is a sneaker server?
Sneaker servers are just like other remote servers, except they are made for the task of copping. They are selected for their speed when running bots that cop sneakers. Usually, they are controlled remotely from a home computer, but some can even be accessed from a phone.
Compared to ordinary devices, these machines have enormous computing power, CPU and RAM in particular. So sneakerheads started to use them for running their bots and gain a competitive advantage. Sneaker servers also have the lowest latency possible due to the high-tech equipment used for operating them. Ordinary computers don’t stand a chance.
The speed of sneaker servers is increased further by choosing the correct location. The closer you are to the vendor’s server, the faster your connection will be. But you don’t need to be close physically, it is enough to have a sneaker server nearby.
The main providers of sneaker servers
You can purchase them from providers that usually sell ordinary servers. However, you should look for three specific features – location choice, performance, and hourly pricing. In other words, you need a fast server from a specific location for a short time.
Amazon Web Services is usually the go-to option for sneaker copping. The location choice covers most of where you might need. Amazon servers are also known to be the fastest ones, but they are also the most expensive. They charge an hourly or monthly fee higher than their closest competitors.
Google Cloud is a close second when it comes to sneaker servers. Location choice and the pricing method are the same as with Amazon, but you should be able to spend less with Google. Unfortunately, some sneakerheads report that they get lower connection speeds than when using Amazon.
A third option is to use sneaker servers from dedicated providers. They usually deliver the best performance, only the most relevant locations for sneaker copping, and promise to work with sneaker bots without hassle. However, it is a significantly more expensive choice, which can also only be purchased for an entire month.
Using sneaker servers will sometimes require you to create a virtual machine server on the physical device you have purchased access to. It will allow you to install an operating system (most sneaker bots use Windows) and then connect to it remotely. Most providers may choose to automatically create a virtual machine for you.
The easiest set-up is with a Windows PC because it has an in-built remote desktop connection. But it is possible to access the remote server through an app on iOS and Android. The device you use doesn’t matter much since its resources won’t be used. The bot will operate on the virtual machine.
The question of what a sneaker server is quite extensive, so you should research them thoroughly before making a decision. You can find a more extensive article on what is a sneaker server here. We will move to the question of why you might need one.
Do you really need one?
Some anti-copping measures taken by vendors make sneaker servers unworthy of purchasing. Usually, sneakers are sold to those customers who were the first to visit the website and check out the needed shoes. But the sneaker raffle can change this process completely.
A raffle randomizes the process by allowing several visitors to add t
he same item to the cart. Then the lucky buyer is selected without any regard to whether he was the first to go through check out.
When the raffle model is applied, speed is not that important as, in the end, luck determines who will get to buy the sneakers. However, if sneakers are dropped normally, using a sneaker server is recommended. They can even be necessary in the following two scenarios:
- If you have slow performance. Using a sneaker server will solve the performance issue, whether the cause is your device or the internet provider. Even if you are satisfied with your setup right now, scaling your copping will require a sneaker server later.
- If you use a Macbook. Whether you like it or not, most bots don’t support macOS. Purchasing a separate device is too costly, and you won’t get the same performance. The best choice is to set up a sneaker server.
The advantages of sneaker servers
Sneaker copping is definitely possible without using remote servers to house your bots. However, they provide at least three advantages against those who will not use servers and will decide to run their bots from home.
- Even the slowest sneaker server is incomparably faster and more stable than an average PC. On top of that, they use commercial tier internet, which is not accessible to ordinary users.
- Multitasking capabilities. Better performance will enable you to run multiple bots with multiple tasks at once without any lag. We’re talking about hundreds of concurrent tasks no home computer or internet connection could handle.
- If a bot runs on your home PC, you must be near it at least when turning it on, while sneaker servers are maintained by professional staff 24/7. So, you won’t need to worry about maintenance that much.
Sneaker servers are not necessary for sneaker copping but so are most of the other tools. The bottom line is that they will increase your chances of copping successfully. Whether the shoes you get with them are worth the price is up to you.