How to Use a Proxy Server for Your LAN

by Shawn Farner

A proxy server is a computer on the Web that acts as a "relay" for your Internet traffic. You can use a proxy server to browse the Web anonymously or to spoof your location so you can't be blocked from using a site based on where you live. Setting up a proxy for your LAN is as simple as opening your Web browser's settings and typing the proxy server address into the designated field.


Select a proxy server from one of the many proxy server lists on the Web. Examples include Xroxy, Proxy4Free and Fresh Proxy.


Open Internet Explorer and click the "Tools" menu, then select "Internet Options."


Navigate to the "Connections" tab and click "LAN settings."


Check off "Use a proxy server for your LAN" and enter the proxy server address from Step 1. Click "OK" to save your proxy server and "OK" again to close the Internet Options box. Any websites you visit from now on will first be routed through the proxy server.

About the Author

Shawn Farner is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008. His writing has appeared on, and He currently resides in Harrisburg, Pa.