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Connect to Your Proxy Server

The WebSTAR caching Proxy server allows for improved caching of often-requested files, thus reducing your bandwidth requirements. A Proxy also improves security by only publishing one IP address on the net for all of your HTTP requests for your entire organization (this makes things nice for your firewall administrator) and allows you to restrict access from your internal machines to certain sites and locations on the net. A Proxy is primarily designed for use in schools and small- to medium-sized businesses.

The WebSTAR Proxy Server caches web pages. This means that the second time the page is requested, WebSTAR will serve it right out to the browser: the transaction happens on your own network rather than travelling across the Internet and waiting for the original server. This is particularly useful if you have a crowded or slow network connection.

See also: WebSTAR Proxy Server .

You can try out your Proxy server right away., as long as it's installed in your Plug-Ins folder. You'll need access to some other machines on your network to test this feature.

  1. On another machine, open the web browser, and find the proxy panel in the "Preferences" or "Options" window.

    Set the HTTP Proxy option to use the host name or IP address of your WebSTAR server, using the default port, 8000.

  2. Repeat the previous step on a another machine (Mac or any other OS).
  3. Have each machine access a site with a lot of graphics, such as www.starnine.com.

There's not much to see: the first machine will get the page in the normal time, but all other browsers configured to use the Proxy Server will get the same page much more quickly.

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