Connecting to a Proxy Server in Microsoft Edge
1. Creating a Proxy Server Address in ASocks
Open the ASocks web-page and enter your account using a sign in form. If you do not have an account on ASocks, create one and use it for entering the service. Press the Get started button.
Note: the HTTP and Socks5 protocols are supported.
Once you have entered your account, check the balance. It should be positive to get a connection: the minimum balance should not be lower than 0,5 USD. However, for a stable and reliable connection a user may refill the balance by clicking the Balance tab on the left-side menu, and by pressing the Top up button.
If required, enter the desired amount to pay, press the Continue button and follow the instructions on the screen. The minimum accepted amount of payment should not be less than 3 (three) USD.
Go to the Generate Proxy port tab on the left-side menu and click it. The corresponding window should open. Choose the preferred country, and optionally you may select the state and city from the drop-down lists. ASN is an optional parameter as well, and is used by the advanced users for receiving a proxy from the preferred autonomous system.
Select Proxy settings by setting a checkbox for the preferred option:
- Keep proxy (default option) - the option is used when the proxy server operates until the connection is lost due to the death of the proxy server and/or IP-address. In case of disconnection, the system should automatically restore the connection, but it usually takes time.
- Keep connection - the option provides immediate reconnection which is almost invisible for a user in case of connection loss and/or a proxy server death. The system automatically replaces the dead proxy server with an alive one by choosing it from the list of available proxies.
A user can choose any of the options. For the advanced users having a high demand in a stable connection, the keep connection option is recommended.
Choose the Authorization method:
- Password authorization (default option) - this option allows a user’s authorization on any IP-address by using the generated password.
- Whitelist with password - the option requires addition of a user’s IP-address into ASocks whitelist, and it allows connection to a proxy server by using the generated password.
- Whitelist or password - the option requires addition of a user’s IP-address into ASocks whitelist, and it allows choosing the connection method: either by whitelist or by the generated password
- Whitelist authorization - the option requires addition of a user’s IP-address into ASocks whitelist, and the authorization is performed by entering the generated password into the browser settings.
Note: to get included into the ASocks whitelist, it is required to save a user’s actual IP-address on the ASocks service settings. Open the Whitelist tab located on the left-side menu, and the IP Whitelist window should appear.
The current IP-address should be automatically displayed in a corresponding box. A user may give a name of the IP-address by completing the description box, but this feature is optional.
Note: if an IP-address has not been automatically detected by the system, check your public IP via one of the web-services, such as https://www.whatismyip.com, and enter the data into the IP box.
Press the Add button, so the IP should be automatically included in the ASocks whitelist and displayed in the list.
Once the user’s IP has appeared in the ASocks whitelist, authorization methods using the Whitelist option are available.
A user can choose the most suitable authorization option by clicking it.
Once all the required parameters have been set up, click the Create ip:port button, and the dialog window containing the IP-address and login should open. The proxy password is not available only for the Whitelist Authorization option.
Copy the generated data and enter it into the corresponding boxes (IP-address and IP-port) of the browser settings that you are currently using.
2. Preparing for a Proxy Server Connection
Note: before connecting to a proxy server in Microsoft Edge, it is recommended to clear history, cookies and cache in the browser settings as a user can be identified not only by IP-address, but also by the said parameters.
To clear the browser history, click the Menu sign in the upper right corner of the Web-page, select the Settings line from the drop-down list, and the Settings menu should open on the left-side.
Select the Privacy, search, and services option at the right-side menu. The Privacy window should open. Scroll down to reach the Clear browsing data section and press the Choose what to clear button. The corresponding dialog should pop-up. Select All time from the time range options. Set checkboxes for the parameters you want to clear, and press the Clear now button.
The browser is considered to be ready for further connections to a proxy server.
3. Setting Up a Proxy Server in Microsoft Edge
There are two options of setting up a proxy server in Microsoft Edge which can be applied for a stable and reliable connection.
3.1. Option One (Manual)
Click the Menu sign in the upper right corner of the Web-page, select the Settings line from the drop-down list and click it, the Settings menu should open on the left.
Start entering Proxy in a search line, and the drop-down list should appear. Select the Open your computer's proxy settings line and click it.
The Proxy window should open. Move to the Manual proxy setup section. Enable the switch “Use a proxy server” (ON position). Enter the IP address and the port ID previously generated by the ASocks system into the corresponding boxes. Press Save to apply your settings.
Open a web-page, and a dialog box containing an authentication request should appear. Enter your credentials into the corresponding fields (login and password) and press the Sign in button.
Check your public IP via one of the web-services, such as https://www.whatismyip.com; it should match the country you have chosen when creating the ASocks port.
If it is required to terminate the use of the proxy-server, disable the Use a proxy server switch (OFF position).
3.2. Option Two (Advanced)
This option is used for the advanced proxy-server connections, such as Socks5 or if the Windows connection described if the first option has failed. The current method uses Internet Options to set up a proxy server.
Open Internet Options at the Windows control panel or from the search line, and click it. The corresponding window should open. Open the Connections tab and click the LAN settings button.
Note: this option can use the proxy server to connect Microsoft Edge along with other applications requiring the Internet connection. It may result in a significant increase of the Internet traffic flow.
The LAN setting window should immediately open. Tick the box “Use a proxy server for LAN” and click the Advanced button. The Proxy Settings window should appear. Enter the data previously generated by the ASocks system and check that the tick for “Use the same proxy server for all protocols” is disabled. Confirm your actions by pressing the Ok buttons on all boxes.
To terminate the use of the proxy-server, remove the tick from the box “Use a proxy server for LAN” and press Ok.