NT Proxy Server for Macintosh

Posted on 1998-07-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I am using Microsoft Proxy Server on a Windows NT server. To use programs such as AOL and basicaly any winsock app microsoft offers a proxy client that redirects calls to a certain port.  Do you know of any clients that will do the same for the mac? In a nutshell, how do I get AOL running through Microsoft Proxy Server?
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ID: 1541864
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Expert Comment

ID: 1541865
As far as I know you can not. AOL does not support proxy servers. In general most proxy servers work through port 1080. When you use Netscape you can download the proxy pac file to your computer.

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ID: 1541866
This is interesting, but does not directly answer your question:
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ID: 1541867
What is the exact url?

Expert Comment

ID: 1541868
On the Macintosh, there is no native TCP proxy support built in to the TCP Stack (OpenTransport).  As a result, applications must be written to be able to use a proxy server, if they are to be able to use a proxy server.  Many applications do support proxies, and most of those do so through the SOCKS4 implementation.  Netscape, Hotline, FirstClass...  The list is long.

As for AOL's use of proxy information?  Look for the work SOCKS somewhere in the settings dialogues or preferences.  If you don't see it anywhere, then AOL will not be accessable.

Just for your personal knowledge, there is a SOCKS4 proxy server for MacOS.  It is made by Peter Lewis and is available at

I hope this answers your questions.

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ID: 1541869
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TheHub earned 70 total points
ID: 1541870
AOL SUX! If you want things to work without incident, use a more flexible ISP. To find such a better ISP, go to:

If you must use AOL, call their tech support people and pray that you get to talk to someone with an IQ greater than Idiot or Moron and just happens to be able to answer your question. This will take a miracle, so get all your friends together to pray real hard for several weeks before making the call.

If I sound angry, please understand that I am a former AOL customer and that my anger is not directed at you. Beware...AOL will continue to withdraw from your credit card or bank account after you discontinue service with them. You must contact your bank or credit card company to block AOL access.

Expert Comment

ID: 1541871
There is no equivalent to the "Winsock Proxy Client" for the Macintosh.

There is more information available at:



Author Comment

ID: 1541872
Thank you.  The site you listed is excellent. Thanks.

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