For a test installation, I selected: www.pscs.co.uk/software.vsockslight.html
PSCS offers for
free a light version of
their VSOCKS Windows95/NT4 Proxy Server.
First, make sure, that the local network is properly configured
for TCP/IP networking (I suggest IP-addresses: 192.168.1.1,
192.168.1.2,...) and that you have a working Dialup-Networking connection to the
Setup of the system running the
Connect to the Internet and and use WINIPCFG (from the RUN-menu)
to check your ISP-parameters
Select "More Info":
||For this proxy program, I
IP-address of the DNS-server of
||make sure, that you have proper IP-addresses
defined for your local network and that you have
a binding of TCP/IP to BOTH the Network
card and the Dialup-Adapter.
The installation of the Proxy program itself is simple: start the
Like most other proxy programs, it prompts you to define the
- None ,i.e. you have to start it up manually
- via the Startup Group
- as a "Service"
Once it is installed, it is part of the menu-structure:
On starting this proxy ("VSOCKS Light"), it puts itself
as an icon into the taskbar:
The context menu ("right-mouse click") give more
options, we need to select:
"Properties" to finalize the setup:
When it states "RAS", that is the Windows NT
word for "Dialup-Networking".
Define your Dialup-connection, user-name and password (so that it can dial without any keyboard input), and this program also requires to enter the
That's all for this proxy-program.
Double-clicking the icon brings up the Proxy-monitor:
Setting up the Clients on the network:
||Make sure, that you have a working
TCP/IP connection, so that you can
communicate with the Proxy server.
||This proxy requires to configure the
Clients with DNS:
"Enable DNS" and define the
IP-address of the Proxy system as
You need to configure now your Internet browser for usage of a
(this has to be done for ANY Proxy
program ! ) :
Enter as "SOCKS Host" the IP-address of the
system running the Proxy-program and use as Port : 1080.
Enter as "SOCKS" the IP-address of the system
running the Proxy-program and use as Port : 1080.
That's it ! You are ready to use the Proxy.
On the Proxy-server:
||as long as nobody requires the Internet connection,
it will be offline.
||as soon as a client requires a connection,
the proxy will dial to connect to the Internet.
||It will send the Username and password to get
||And will then handle the communication.
If no communication has detected for the
time defined in the Preferences, it will
stop the connection to the Internet by "hanging
if you have trouble getting to get your proxy program to work
with your Internet software, please view my suggested steps.