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Proxy server

By gwailo247
Aug 9, 2012
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  1. So, say, I wanted to make a certain website in the UK think I was in the UK. Theoretically.

    How would I go about doing that?
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,469   +327

    Yet subject is PROXY SERVER; which is it? Please describe your intent - - btw: Physicality is not relevant here.
     
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,105   +18

    Well, I wanted to access the BBC iPlayer, which would require me to set up a proxy server AFAIK.
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,469   +327

    I guess you are saying that the BBC iPlayer is sensitive to allow ONLY UK users.

    This would mean:
    1. You need your Proxy Server to be hosted in the UK and thus would look like a UK user.
    2. Then you need the Proxy Server configuration itself.

    I would learn to do (#2) locally before looking for a UK hosting site. Likely you will need to do EVERYTHING
    manually for yourself, ie first configure an Apache Webserver and then mutate it into a Proxy Server.

    Once you get the local Proxy functioning correctly, you could get a hosting solution and upload your configuration,
     
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,105   +18

    I guess I should have been more specific, I know I need to do #1 and #2.

    I was looking for some advice or links as to how to exactly do that.

    I know that there are some free solutions out there, I don't need super reliability or speed, just occasional use.
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,469   +327

    The details are ALL in the HOW-TO configure a PROXY, which is obviously product dependent.
    You need the documentation for the product you choose to implement. By definition, a PROXY is not a simple
    thing and takes lots of reading and testing to get right. You might look at the Apache group as they provide
    good documentation - - AND you can load it directly to your PC for local testing.
     
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,105   +18

    Oh, sounds like more effort than just obtaining the shows through other means.

    Thanks for your time!
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,469   +327

    Yes, a Proxy(PS) is far more complicated than a web server (WS). A WS is really quite simple; accept a request, find the resource(s) and return them to the requestor.

    A PS not only does that, but must rewrite the request, access the real WS, read all the reply data and then rewrite it as
    a reply from itself(aka the PS). Those REWRITE rules get to be real fun (not).
     
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Kind of sounds like you may be attempting to avoid the subscription fee since your IP is through the Polish internet.
     
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,105   +18

    Thanks Captain Obvious. Kinda sounds like I don't live in the UK. But thanks for taking the time to post that.
     


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