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Proxy?

by razorblade215 / April 17, 2004 4:32 AM PDT

What is the difference between a proxy server and a non-proxy server, and how can I tell whether my internet connection is one or the other (I have WinMe)?Please give me as much information as you can, as any help is appreciated.

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Re:Proxy?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2004 6:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Proxy?

No one I know uses a proxy setting. There were a few ISPs that dabbled with such, but it created too many support calls.

Short answer? You don't use such.

Bob

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Re:Proxy?
by Steven Haninger / April 17, 2004 11:14 AM PDT
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If you didn't need to configure proxy settings, you are not using a proxy server. A proxy, by definition, is an authorized substitute for another. Proxy servers are sometimes used as control devices to increase control and security as well as other things. In the case of a proxy server connection to the internet, you would be connected to the proxy and the proxy to the internet but this intermediate computer would be invisible to you. It would handle your requests and maybe cache your sites, etc. If you connect at work, you might be connected through a proxy which becomes sort of a traffic control device between your work place and the internet. If you subscribe at home, you will be directly connected to your ISPs servers. You would need to configure a port and address to make things work if connected to a proxy first. Hope this helps.

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Re:Thanks
by razorblade215 / April 18, 2004 6:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Proxy?

Thanks you guys for your help.

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