How to Get Started with ProxyMesh
This article describes how to use the dashboard to set up your ProxyMesh account and system browser to use our service effectively.
Signing up for a Free Trial or Paid Plan
If you're signing up for one of our paid plans, please see “Paid Plans” in our article Pricing Plans to determine which plan fits your needs.
Choosing a Username
Every account requires a username, which must be unique. You can choose to use your email address as your username. However, we do not recommend using an email address because the @ "at" sign can interfere with
username:password authentication protocols. It’s better to choose a unique username without the “@“ symbol.
Note that changing a username requires special procedures by the Support staff so that they can update your account records. Please contact Support if you wish to change your username. Username change requests must come from the email address associated with your ProxyMesh account.
Watch for Confirmation Message
Once you sign up for an account, ProxyMesh sends you a confirmation email, usually within a few minutes. Occasionally, however, it can take up to 30 minutes.
402error messages, don't make requests to the proxy's API before receiving your confirmation letter. Please see API Error Response Messages for details.
After receiving your confirmation letter, follow these steps from your dashboard:
Authorize/Authenticate to the Proxy Servers
To initiate requests to the proxy, you'll need to either provide an authenticated IP address belonging to you, or use basic access authentication. Either of these methods will authorize the proxy to act on behalf of your own IP address.
Below are the steps for each.
What's my IP address?
If you need to find out your personal IP address so you can authorize it to a proxy, you can get it from http://infoip.io. The address will appear at the top of the web page.
IP Address Authentication
To avoid error messages and a temporary ban, please be sure to wait until it has been authorized at the servers before you make requests from that IP. For background on IP authentication, see Proxy Authentication.
Basic Access Authentication
For basic access authorization, configure the
Proxy-Authorization header for your requests, containing your username and password in the format
USERNAME:PASSWORD. This is the same username/password that you use to sign in to your account.
Select One or More Proxies
To select or deselect proxies, please see Change Proxies in our article “Dashboard Tour & How To” for details.
There are two ways to configure. If you're like most users, one or the other of these methods will meet your needs:
- Configure your HTTP client program
- Configure your web browser
Both methods are detailed below.
Configure Your HTTP Client Program to Use Your Proxy
Check out our HTTP client examples to see how to configure the proxy host & port settings in these HTTP clients, and set the
Proxy-Authorizationheader. You can also use IP address authentication, which allows you to add multiple IP addresses to your account. If your client isn't covered and you'd like to see an example, please contact Support.
To configure an HTTPS client, additional steps are required, as documented here.
Configure Your Web Browser to Use Your Proxy
ProxyMesh services work on most popular browsers. See How to Change Web Browser Proxy Settings for links to proxy configuration instructions for specific browsers. The simplest way to configure your browser, once you’ve signed up with ProxyMesh, is to add your IP address for authentication from the dashboard, and then use one of the proxy.pac links as the proxy auto-configuration url in your browser settings which you can find in your dashboard.
If you use Firefox or Chrome, the FoxyProxy plugin makes it really easy to configure your proxy settings. See these articles for specifics about add-ons:
You can enhance your account security with 2-Factor Authentication. For details, please see "2-factor Authentication" in our article Dashboard Account Settings.
If you are starting with a free trial instead of a paid plan, please note that you are limited to 100MB of bandwidth. If you exceed this limit before the end of your 30-day trial period, your free trial service will be cancelled. Please track your usage carefully, and if this constraint does not meet your needs, you have the option of upgrading at any time to one of our paid plans.
Contacting Support via Chat or Email
If you need to contact Support via our chat or email, please remember that our staff are hard-working and courteous and are trying to help you in a timely manner. Offensive language and abusive behavior towards Support staff will not be tolerated, and may be cause for canceling your subscription.
Read More about Proxies
For detailed articles about the ProxyMesh servers, browse the Proxy Server docs menu.
If you'd like more general information about proxy services, please visit our companion website, proxyserver.com.
If you're working with proxies for the first time, this blog may be helpful: Beginner Proxy Mistakes and How to Resolve Them.
We hope you'll find our blog to be a good resource for learning about the different types of proxy services and determining your needs.
Please also see our article How the Service Works, about some technical features of your user experience — protocols, configuration, and more.