Set Up a Proxy Server with WinProxy
Monday, October 17th, 2011
Getting around to set up a proxy server must be on the agenda for those who would aspire to determine their own online fates. To be a proxy means to be a facilitator, an enabler, something that effectively substitutes for something else. In case of telecommunication, it is used for a device or program empowered to act for another. In computer networks, a proxy server is a server,which acts as a mediator for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers. The requester is known as the client, and has to go through the proxy in order to get anything. The proxy server analyzes the request according to its filtering rules. For example, one popular filter is to ban IP addresses outright.
When you want to set up a proxy server, a wide variety of choices exist out there. To start off, let’s take a look at something by the name of WinProxy. One reason why it’s so popular is that nothing actually needs to be installed on the client (or requester) side. Another reason is NAT, or Network Address Translation, since WinProxy is what’s known as a transparent proxy. This is important, since proxys are usually used for purposes of anonymity. Apart from caching and the usual security features like filtering, WinProxy supports important protocols like HTTP, FTP, Telnet, Secure Sockets and DNS.
Getting it going is fairly simple and quick to do. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better alternative to set up a proxy server. First off, TCP/IP needs to be set up on everything that will be handled by WinProxy. After that you can go on to install WinProxy itself on your system. You can purchase this the traditional way in a store or through a simple download. Newbies should use the handy installation wizard for automatic installation. The first screen that appears is the product registration screen,which requires the user to enter the product key. Further screens will ascertain the kind of connection you have to access the internet, dial-up or broadband. You need to select the connectionâ€™s type and name. The next step will depend entirely on you, as it involves user access information like ID and password. Most other things, you can let WinPoxy deal with. Now what’s really interesting is how it turn internal LAN addresses into unique IP addys. What your ISP assigned for your modem or router winds up being the external address. The external address is the IP address,which will be displayed to a user from another network,when his system interacts with any device from your network. WinProxy will then prompt the you to disconnect from the Internet,if you are already connected.In the final step, WinProxy verifies all the steps and ensures that all operations have been performed properly.
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