How to get around the current Internet jam using a proxy


December 28, 2006 12:41 PM

UPDATE 9:00pm What the … it works again. Maybe they’ve allowed access for off-peak hours then. Beggars can’t be choosers.

UPDATE 2:47pm Scratch that. Presumably after a torrent of traffic heading through their way, the Australian proxy servers have stopped all non-Australian connections to it. Still, the tips below are applicable if you ever need to surf the net anonymously.

To net surfers in the South-East Asian region, you can get around the current Internet traffic jam for your web-browsing by using a proxy server in Australia. Australia has a submarine cable running out from Sydney straight to the west coast of the US. It’s still slower than normal but it’s a damn sight faster than you trying to get through to the US/Europe via the damaged cables around Taiwan.

Here’s the list of servers which I’ve found off Google. Take note of the ones in Australia.

For Firefox users:

  1. Click on Tools – Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab.
  3. Click on “Settings”.
  4. Check the “Manual Proxy Configuration” option.
  5. Enter the IP address and port number as noted from the list.

For IE users:

  1. Click on Tools – Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Connections tab.
  3. Click on “LAN Settings”.
  4. Check the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” option.
  5. Enter the IP address and port number as noted from the list.

Happy surfing!

(tip came from Jeff Ooi. Why didn’t I think of that? ;))

[tags]Internet, Taiwan earthquake, South East Asia, proxy[/tags]

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