How to setup a proxy server in Netscape and Internet Explorer
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(instructions provided by Bernhard van Staveren,

[ A Short Introduction ]
[ The setup for Netscape ]
[ The setup for Internet Explorer ]


This document provides a step-by-step explanation on how to set up the proxy server from within Netscape and Internet Explorer. Let me explain some things first.

A proxy server is a piece of software that acts as a pass-through window between your browser and the site you are visiting. The benefit of a proxy server is that every site you go to, the proxy caches. That means it keeps a copy of everything on the proxy server's disk. The next time you access the site, the proxy will feed you the cached copy. This, obviously saves on time. Also, any other person will benefit from this, since it lowers the load, hence, it makes everything go faster.

The other advantage of a proxy server is that generally response times are a great deal faster. A proxy server usually runs on the ISP's network and will be able to retrieve pages much more quickly then your own browser.

Below you will find step-by-step instructions on setting up your browser to use a proxy server. Both Netscape and Internet Explorer are covered.

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The setup for Netscape is quite easy, follow these steps for the best result:

The Http/Ftp/Gopher Proxy Fields
Put the name of the proxy in this field, say "" (this host doesn't exist though, but you get the meaning). In the port field, enter the port the proxy is listening to. The port number is usually in the same place as all other information you got about the proxy. If you can't find it, enter 8080 as port.

The Socks Field
This is used to get around firewalls, from the inside. Usually you won't need this. If you do need it, ask your system administrator for the correct settings.

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Internet Explorer

Setting up Internet Explorer to use a proxy is quite easy, follow these steps to get the best result:

(this section under construction)

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