When I visit Starbucks I fire up my browser and I get the Starbuck page. Recently when I visted an airport I fired up my browser and I got an airport page. Back at home, I get the normal default page I have set. I'm trying to understand how proxies work. Sometimes at home when I fire up my browser, I'll see the message "detecting proxy settings" in the status bar of IE. This will last sometimes for a minute before my page loads. Once that's done however, surfing is at normal speed.
So 1, I'm looking for a good explaination of what's going on when I on the road and simply fire up my browser, and 2, I'm looking for a way to review my proxy settings so if I want to I can see what proxy I'm connected to.