Setting up a proxy in WinGate
WinGate is a software tool for managing and routing network traffic. It helps arrange internet access for multiple computers on a local network and enhances online performance through various features. Here's what it offers:
- WinGate serves as a bridge between your local network and the internet, helping plan resources efficiently.
- With Network Address Translation (NAT), WinGate allows all local computers to share a single internet connection. This feature is especially beneficial for limited plans with few available IP addresses.
- WinGate enables the blocking of specific websites, enhancing your network's security and safeguarding against online threats.
- Included monitoring and logging tools provide insights into your network's traffic, essential for both household and business networks needing advanced access and control.
WinGate can also function as a VPN server, offering remote users a secure connection to your local network over the internet.
How to set up a proxy in WinGate
WinGate 9.4, at the time of discussion, offers advanced proxy settings. You can download it from the official website for use on Windows operating systems. It works with various proxy servers, including WWW, FTP, SOCKS, SMTP, HTTP, and POP3.
Using a proxy with WinGate enhances your internet security and online anonymity. It also allows you to circumvent any regional restrictions imposed by your internet service provider.
- Open the proxy debug utility. It's known as GateKeeper in older versions and WinGate Management in recent ones. You'll see a connection button labeled "localhost" in the main window. "Localhost" refers to the computer you're using for internet access. Click this button.
- A new window will pop up for you to choose the connection type. Select "Online" and tick the box for "Use a proxy server to connect to the Internet". Then, click "Next".
- Next, you'll need to input the server address and port number given by your proxy provider. Click “Next” after this step.
- Before the proxy is activated, a prompt will appear for you to either enter a license key for activation or opt for a 30-day trial version. Make your choice and click "Next".
- The application now attempts to connect to the internet using the proxy details provided. If the setup is correct, you'll establish a new internet connection. Otherwise, an error message will show. Check the program log for any connection errors. If everything looks good, click "Finish" and you're set to use your new proxy connection.
- If you encounter errors, click "Finish", go back to the previous steps, and re-enter the accurate proxy details, whether HTTP or SOCKS5, for WinGate.
You can always modify the proxy server details later within the software’s settings.