In this article, we will guide on how you can setup a proxy server on your Windows computer.
What Is A Proxy Server?
A proxy server is like having another computer that your internet queries get sent to before going to the real website.
What Is A Proxy Server Used For?
Certain devices such as PlayStation, PS Vita, Smart TV, Wii etc. doesn’t support connecting to a VPN service directly.
If you set up a proxy server on your computer which is already connected to the VPN, you can then share the connection to these devices.
This way, your device(s) can have a secure connection and/or access region restricted content.
Note: If you want to setup a proxy server on your macOS, follow the instructions here.
How Can I Get My Proxy Server To Work For Free?
You can use a free proxy server software called AnalogX on your computer and share your connection to your other devices.
To set this up, please follow the instructions below:
Installing AnalogX Proxy Server
Download AnalogX Proxy Server app and double-click on the installer file.
When you see the end user agreement, click on I Accept.
Now, click on Continue followed by Yes to confirm the installation directory.
Next, click on No to skip the registration.
When the installation is complete, click on OK.
Proxy Server Configuration
You should now see the AnalogX Proxy server icon at your desktop screen. Double-click on it.
Note: If you can’t find the icon, navigate to the following folder below.
C:\Program Files (x86)\AnalogX\Proxy
Next, right click on proxy.exe file and choose Send to Desktop (create shortcut).
When you get the following warning message, click on OK.
The proxy server is now running but you will need to configure it. To do so, click on the little red/green AnalogX proxy server icon at the bottom right of your taskbar.
Note: If you can’t find the icon, click on the Up arrow on the bottom right side of your screen and look up for it.
Next, Choose Configure
In the configuration menu, Please ensure the HTTP is set to ON under Services and set the rest to OFF.
Once you done, click on OK.
Connecting To Proxy Server
When the little AnalogX icon turned green, it means the proxy server is running.
To connect, just add your computer’s local IP address with the proxy server default port number 6588 on the device(s) that you want to connect to the proxy server.
For example, I would add the following information as the proxy server in my PlayStation Proxy Server.
- Host/Address: 192.168.1.32 (This is my computer IP which I’ve set up the Proxy Server)
- Proxy Port Number: 6588 (This is the default Proxy Port Number)
How Can I find My Computer’s local IP Address?
Press and hold the WinKey and R button to launch the Run window.
Type cmd into the box and click OK.
In the command prompt window, type in ipconfig and hit on the Enter button on your keyboard
Now, you will see some information on your screen. Lookup for Wireless LAN Adapter (WiFi Connection) or Ethernet Adapter (Wired Connection) and see what is printed out for the IPv4 address.
In this example, my IPv4 address is 192.168.0.108. This is my computer’s local IP Address.
How Can I Test If My Proxy Server Is working?
If you wish to test the proxy server connection, please follow the steps below:
Launch Internet Explorer, click on the Settings (gear) icon at the top right and choose Internet Options.
You will then need to configure the connection as per below:
- Click on the Connections Tab
- Next, click on LAN settings
- Under Proxy Server, Please check on Use a proxy server for your LAN
- In the Address box, type the IP address of your computer and for the port, enter the number 6588
- Click OK to close the LAN Settings dialogue box
- Click OK again to close the Internet Options dialogue box
Finally, try to browse any website and see if it’s working? If you can, the proxy server is working.
Can I Use Proxy Server And Share My VPN connection?
Yes, you can. Please ensure you’ve connected to your VPN service first before enabling the Proxy Server.
This way, any devices connected to your proxy server will be on the VPN network.
Note: If you’re using free hide.me VPN app, you will need to follow the steps below before you can share the VPN connection over the Proxy server.
To do so, launch hide.me app, disable the VPN (if it’s connected) and click on the Settings icon at the top right.
Next, click on Kill Switch on the left tab and disable Limit Connection to VPN.
Finally, click on the top left arrow to save the settings.
You can now connect to the VPN and any device connect to your proxy server, will have the VPN IP address.
The only downside of this setup is that, you will need to turn on your computer whenever you want to use the proxy server.
If you don’t prefer this option, please read the other options which you can consider to achieve what you wanted.
How was your experience setting up a proxy server on Windows? Did you manage to get it working?