1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 23, 2007 12:37 PM by Hawaiian_Starman
Amur Tiger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm a bit puzzled that I can't seem to find a way to set the Safari browser to auto-detect proxy settings, like you can in Firefox etc.

Is it just me that is "blind"? Or can you only set it up manually?

If that's the case, what do I have to do. Because right now, I can only acces the internet through my university's VPN-client, which limits my acces.
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7 (21,405 points)
    Hi Amur

    Welcome to Apple Discussions

    Safari's proxy detection occurs through the System preferences>Network panel. If you are using multiple locations, then I suggest you set up a separate personal location for each source rather than the Automatic default setting. This will keep network preferences separate.

    To establish a specific Network Location -

    Go to the System Preferences>Network panel
    - Location - set up a personal location by clicking on the drop down menu and selecting "add a location". Use a name familiar to you. Once established, select "apply".
    - Next, click on the "Show" drop down menu and select Network Port Configurations. Only Ethernet (or Airport) ought to be checked, unless you are using a Bluetooth device. Move either Ethernet or Airport to the top of the list (you can drag it). Select "apply".
    - Back to the "Show" menu, depending on your connection, select "Ethernet" or "Airport". Click on the TCP panel. There, enter these DNS server codes - and (separate lines) in the DNS servers box and select "apply". If your Internet Provider has specialized codes, then use those instead.

    Creating a personal location, plus adding the DNS codes seems to speed things up. Otherwise, the "automatic" function has a tendency to "search" for available locations, or get caught in a unending loop of proxy searching.

    Lastly, in the Finder, go to your Utilities folder and select "Terminal". Once the screen is open enter lookupd -flushcache (copy/paste) and press return. This clears out the DNS cache. Once done, quit Terminal.

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