Following on from this weeks blog announcement that an enhanced version of Freegate is now available we have put up easy to follow instructions on how to use it as a proxy server. Please pass on to any Chinese netizens in need of such assistance.
How to configure Freegate as a proxy server
It is pretty straightforward to configure Freegate (or FreeU) as a proxy server. We use Freegate as an example.
I. Configure Freegate
A few straightforward steps:
1. start Freegate (generic, VOA or RFA version)
2. click the tab “Setting”
3. Click the button “More Settings”, and a window pops up.
4. At the bottom of the More Settings window, click the check box “Run Freegate as Server (listens 0.0.0.0)”, and then a window pops up to ask you to set up the user name and password. Remember your user name and password.
5. Exit freegate and restart Freegate. Now Freegate is running as a server and ready to accept remote proxy requests from PC or mobile devices.
Similar steps to configure FreeU as a proxy server.
II. Configure the router (if any)
If your computer is behind a router, then you need to configure the router so that the router can correctly forward the proxy request to your Freegate proxy server.
1.figure out the LAN IP address of your computer that will run Freegate as a proxy server with circumvention capacity.
Click your computer’s program “start” icon (located as the left bottom corner). You will see a box saying “search your programs and files”, and type “cmd” (with a Return) to open a DOS window; then type “ipconfig”, hit Enter. It will give you the information about your LAN IP address and your router (see the picture below)
IPv4 address: this is your LAN IP address
Default Gateway: this is your router IP address
2. Enter the router IP address into the IE URL box, and then you will see the web page for your router. Login the router (my ISP is Verizon) to configure “Port Forwarding”
3. Configure “Port Forwarding”
There are some “Quick Links”on the router main page, and you can find the “Port Forwarding” link (see the picture below)
Click the “Port Forwarding” link. Find out/choose your computer with Freegate (or FreeU) installed from the list (your LAN IP address)
Select “Custom Port”
Choose TCP for Freegate, UDP for FreeU (or just choose Both)
Enter the port number 8580 (see the picture below)
4. Click the “Apply” button. Now the router is set ready.
III. Configure Web browser (such as IE) to use the proxy
Use IE as an example.
From Menu “Tools”, select “Internet Options”
Click the “Connections” tab, and then click “LAN Settings”
For Proxy server, check the “Use a proxy service for your LAN” box
Enter the IP address and Port number. Click “Ok”
Now your browser is set ready to use the Freegate proxy server.
Type web address and hit “Enter”, then it will ask for the user name and password. After the user name and password are correctly entered, you are part of the free Internet.
Note: To find out your IP address, type “whatismyip” (one word) into the IE URL box, and hit Enter. You will see your IP address of your Freegate proxy server.
Please note that Freegate has received funding from the Broadcasting Board of Governors who also oversee RFA including RFA unplugged however all editorial decisions are those of the author and not a reflections of Board Policy or Instructions.