How to Use eMule Behind a Proxy
By Adrian Grahams
Some people prefer to safeguard their privacy by connecting to the Internet through a proxy server that disguises the computer’s Internet Protocol address. If you’ve signed up for a free or paid proxy server account, you can configure the eMule peer-to-peer file sharing application to connect to the Internet through a proxy server.
Launch your Web browser and go to your proxy server provider’s online support page. You need the proxy type, proxy host server address and server port number to configure eMule to connect through the proxy server. For premium proxy services, you also need your username and password. You don’t usually need a password and username if using an anonymous or free proxy service. Write down the server and account information so that you can refer to it later.
Launch eMule, click “File” in the main menu and select “Options” from the context menu to open the Options dialog box.
Click the “Proxy” in the menu on the left. Click and select the “Enable Proxy” check box at the top of the dialog window.
Click the down-arrow button in the “Proxy Type” section and select your proxy type from the drop-down list. If necessary, refer to the information you wrote down earlier. The proxy type choices are “HTTP 1.0/1.1,” “SOCKS v4 / v4a” or “SOCKS v5.”
Type the proxy host server address into the “Proxy Host” input field -- for example, “proxy.example.com” or “22.214.171.124.” Type the proxy port number into the “Proxy Port” input box.
Click and select the “Enable Authentication” check box if your proxy service requires you to log on with a username and password. Enter the username and password into the applicable input fields.
Click the “Apply” button. Click “OK” to close the Options window. Restart eMule for the program to connect through the proxy server.
- Check the server and connection information if you have trouble connecting to the Internet with eMule after enabling the proxy option. Free and anonymous proxy servers tend to be slower and less reliable than premium services.
Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.