Chapter 11. Using Preference Tools

Configuring Your Network Proxy Connection

The Network Proxy preference tool enables you to configure how your system connects to the Internet. You can configure the GNOME Desktop to connect to a proxy server, and specify the details of the proxy server. A proxy server is a server that intercepts requests to another server, and fulfills the request itself, if it can. You can enter the Domain Name Service (DNS) name or the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the proxy server. A DNS name is a unique alphabetic identifier for a computer on a network. An IP address is a unique numeric identifier for a computer on a network.

Table 11.6, “Internet Connection Preferences” lists the Internet connection preferences that you can modify.

Table 11.6. Internet Connection Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Direct internet connection

Select this option if you want to connect directly to the Internet, without a proxy server.

Manual proxy configuration

Select this option if you want to connect to the Internet through a proxy server, and you want to configure the proxy server manually.

HTTP proxy

Enter the DNS name, or the IP address of the proxy server to use when you request a HTTP service. Enter the port number of the HTTP service on the proxy server in the Port spin box.

Secure HTTP proxy

Enter the DNS name, or the IP address of the proxy server to use when you request a Secure HTTP service. Enter the port number of the Secure HTTP service on the proxy server in the Port spin box.

FTP proxy

Enter the DNS name, or the IP address of the proxy server to use when you request a FTP service. Enter the port number of the FTP service on the proxy server in the Port spin box.

Socks host

Enter the DNS name, or the IP address of the Socks host to use. Enter the port number for the Socks protocol on the proxy server in the Port spin box.

Automatic proxy configuration

Select this option if you want to connect to the Internet through a proxy server, and you want to configure the proxy server automatically.

Autoconfiguration URL

Enter the URL that contains the information required to configure the proxy server automatically.