Accelerator Browser Set-up

Generally speaking, getting started with the Dial Accelerator is easy and automatic. Following installation, the product is running and ready to speed up your Internet experience.

However, if you are using a browser other than Internet Explorer, some additional configuration is necessary. This Help file is primarily designed to help users of such browsers get started with Propel Accelerator. You will also find Help useful if you are having Internet connectivity problems after installing Propel.

When you install the Dial Accelerator it will automatically become active. If you see a small blue propeller-like icon in your Windows taskbar (near the system clock), the Accelerator is active.

Supported Browsers

Internet Explorer
other browsers

Propel Accelerator and Internet Explorer Setup
No changes to IE should be needed. Simply start browsing and the acceleration will begin.

Propel Accelerator and Netscape
Some changes to the Netscape browser Preferences are required if you want to use Propel Accelerator with Netscape. See Checking and Changing Proxy Settings for details.

Other Browsers (Including Opera and Mozilla)
You should be able to get an accelerated Internet experience through any modern browser Using the Dial Accelerator. See Checking and Changing Proxy Settings for details.

Checking and Changing Proxy Settings
Note: If you just want to try the Dial Accelerator without having to get involved with proxy settings, you can use it with Internet Explorer. No proxy changes are needed and IE should already be set up to work with Propel Accelerator. There are some additional graphic acceleration options available to IE users, as well. You'll still be able to continue to use your default browser, it just won't be accelerated until the proxy address and port number are set.

Although Internet Explorer and browsers based on IE account for the great majority of browsers in use, there are many other Web browsers. The most popular of these is Netscape while others include Opera and Mozilla.

However, if you are using a non-IE browsers, you will need to change some Preference settings in your browser. Changing preferences is a one-time activity that only takes a couple of minutes.

NetRazor uses the Propel Accelerator for port 8080 as its HTTP proxy port number. The following instructions apply to Netscape. Proxy configuration for Opera and Mozilla browsers is similar.

1. Click on the Netscape Edit menu.
2. Select Preferences...

3. Click on the mark next to the Advanced category or simply double-click on Advanced.

4. Click on Proxies.
5. Make sure that the Manual proxy configuration radio button is selected.

6. Click View.
7. In the HTTP Proxy area enter localhost.
8. In the HTTP Port area enter the Propel Accelerator port number 8080.

Here are the specific instructions for configuring the Mozilla web browser.

1. Click on the Edit menu.
2. Select Preferences...

3. Click on the mark next to the Advanced category or simply double-click on Advanced.

4. Click on Proxies.

5. Set the radio button to Manual proxy configuration
6. Set localhost in the HTTP Proxy textbox and port number 8080 in the port textbox.

6. Click OK. Changes are effective immediately.

Checking and Changing IE Proxy Settings

Propel Accelerator normally takes care of checking and changing Internet Explorer proxy settings for you. However, in rare cases, Internet Explorer proxy settings may need to be checked or changed:

1. With the Propel Accelerator running and enabled, click on the Tools menu.
2. Select Internet Options...

3. Click on the Connections tab.
4. Select the connection you are using and click Settings.

5. In the Proxy Server section make sure that Use a proxy server for this connection is checked.
6. Click on Advanced... in the same section.

7. Under HTTP: the proxy address should be set to localhost.
8. Set the HTTP port number to port 8080.

9. Click OK several times to exit the Tools menu. Changes are effective immediately.

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