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Enabling the Website Caching Server

The Website Caching Server is a service of Hubris Communications which is designed to improve the speed of your web browsing experience. The Caching Server is a proxy server which stores current copies of thousands of highly popular web pages. By using the Caching Server, your computer may be able to download web pages that you visit more quickly.

How Does the Caching Server Work?

The Caching Server is a proxy server. This means that when you type a web address into your web browser, your computer will ask the proxy server to fetch the page. (Normally, your computer would make the connection via the Internet and fetch the page itself.) The delivery of the page is potentially faster, however, because your connection to the proxy server is much quicker than your average connection to other web servers on the Internet. The Caching Server can decrease the amount of time you spend waiting to connect to a remote web server, and the content of the page can be delivered to you more quickly, since it travels a much shorter distance.

Why Should I Use the Caching Server?

Our Dial-Up Internet customers in Wichita, Newton, Garden City, and Dodge City can browse the Internet via the Caching Server. For many websites that you visit, you will experience a shorter latency and faster download time. This further enhances the performance of your Dial-Up Internet service. You can try the Caching Server out by following the directions below. If you wish, you can easily revert to your previous configuration by simply removing the settings.

Windows, All Versions With Internet Explorer 5 or Higher

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the "Tools" menu, then click "Options."
  3. In the dialog box that appears, click the tab labeled "Connections."
    Dial-Up Customers
    Click the button labeled "Settings."
    DSL Customers
    Click the button labeled "LAN Settings."
  4. In the dialog box that appears, click the option labeled "Use a proxy server."
  5. In the boxes labeled "Address" and "Port," type in the correct settings for your city. (Refer to the following table for the correct settings.) Then click "OK" to save the changes and to close the Options dialog box.
  6. City Address Port
    Wichita and Newton proxy.iwichita.com 3128
    Garden City proxy.gcnet.com 3128
    Wichita and Newton proxy.dodgecity.com 3128

Mac OS X 10.2 - 10.3 (Jaguar and Panther)

  1. Open the Network Preferences Panel:
    1. Click the “Apple” menu (Apple Menu) in the upper left corner of the screen.
    2. Click “System Preferences.”
    3. In the window that appears, click the icon labeled “Network.”
  2. In the window that appears, click the tab labeled “Proxies.” If the “Proxies” tab isn’t visible, click the “Show” option and change it to “Built-in Ethernet.”
  3. Click the checkbox beside the option labeled “Web Proxy (HTTP).”
  4. In the boxes below “Web Proxy Server,” type in the correct settings for your city. (Refer to the following table for the correct settings.) Then click “Apply Now’ to save your settings.
  5. City Address Port
    Wichita and Newton proxy.iwichita.com 3128
    Garden City proxy.gcnet.com 3128
    Wichita and Newton proxy.dodgecity.com 3128

Removing the Caching Server Settings

In a few cases, the Caching Server may interfere with the proper display of some web pages. It may also cause a problem accessing third-party email accounts (accounts not hosted by Hubris Communications) under some specialized configurations. If you are having difficulties viewing certain web pages or accessing third-party email accounts, disable the Caching Server by following the steps above and removing the settings. Then try to access the page or service again. If the problem resolves after disabling the Caching Server, you should not re-enable it.

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