How to setup a Proxy Server on Windows 7 – a simple guide

What we are talking about: a proxy server Often your company or your ISP use proxy servers or they even require of you to use such technologies. It depends on you, whether you accent to proposition or deny it wholeheartedly. However, it is worth reading these instructions just to get a better understanding of what the whole buzz is about…

Generally speaking, proxies act as a mediator that connects your puter and, well, the Internet out there… Hence, a proxy server is addressed to extend data stream, to make it seamless and speedy. Even better: your proxy server can filter requests and conceal your iron on the web, which might improve security by making your surfing activities almost invisible and anonymous.

When it comes to having an array of different devices on your network, you are likely to be compelled to use proxies either. Typically, Wii/PS3 gear does not support a direct connection to your ISP .

Configuration & Connection How-toes In Windows 7 proxy configuration is attainable via command line. It is not your cup of tea, is it? And using the GUI is up to your liking… Then follow the path below to head over to the Configuration Menu:

Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings Being there, you can freely enable or deactivate completely the proxy on your machine. What is more, you can define here the IP of proxy connections, also known as “proxy server port”. It should be noted, that each proxy operates based on unique identificator or ID. In our case this ID consists of host name and a port number of your PC.

There are different protocols on the web used to bridge the gaps between computers and services. Think HTTP, HTTPS, or FTP for instance. The inadequacy of the Internet structure is further indicated by the fact that the same proxy ID can be used along with the same port… and they are used simultaneously for all protocols. Should this situation occur, select “Use this proxy server for all protocols” and – if your network requires separate proxy addresses for diverse services – click “Advanced” button. In the following Mask you can set individual addresses for your proxy server manually.

Step-by-step Instructions Now you will learn how to setup and modify proxy settings on your machine depending on your needs and IT infrastructure. You can reach the settings level of the menu by clicking “Settings” button.

Here you have the subsequent choices:

  • No Proxy: do not change this setting if you are not going to use proxy server. Otherwise check “yes”.
  • Proxy settings of system use: opt for this setting if you wish your Windows 7 to handle it for you (default).
  • Manual proxy configuration: opt for this setting if your network has no proxy configuration file.
  • No Proxy for: The list of host names and Internet addresses with no proxy server in use.
  • Automatic proxy configuration URL: if you happen to be a happy owner of a proxy configuration file (.pac), opt for this. Enter the address (URL) and ensure the entry is correct. Upon your click the proxy configuration is loaded.

How do I reset the proxy settings?

Why should you? Well, just in case you want to reset the proxy settings: yes, you can. You can accomplish this task either manually or by running a dedicated program.

For a manual reset please proceed as follows:

Click “Start” > “Control Panel”. In the menu “Network and Internet” select the subsection “Internet Options”. Here you see the “Internet” tab. Select the “Connections” followed by “Local Area Network”.

Under “Proxy Server” find the address entry and delete it. When done, uncheck the option “Use a proxy server for your LAN”. Confirm the entry by clicking “OK” button. Now the default settings of your Internet connection are restored.

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