Dashboard Tour & How-To
This article offers a "tour" of the ProxyMesh user Dashboard and briefly describes its features. Two related articles – Dashboard Configuration & Setup and Dashboard Account Settings – provide overviews of those sections of the dashboard.
Sections of these articles also provide links to other, more detailed discussions of the dashboard features.
Setting up Your Username
Every account requires a username, which must be unique. Some users choose to use their email address as their username. Others prefer a different username. Making your email address the username is acceptable, but we do not advise it, as the @ "at" sign can interfere with
username:password authentication protocols. It’s better to choose a unique username without the “@“ symbol.
You can log in to ProxyMesh with either your username or the email address associated with your account.
Note that changing a username requires special procedures by the Support staff so that they can update your account records. Please contact ProxyMesh Support if you wish to change your username. Username change requests must come from the email address associated with your ProxyMesh account.
Once you have logged in and the dashboard appears, the Proxy Access section of the dashboard displays a list of available proxy servers. On it, you can check the number of servers you have access to, up to the limit of your subscription plan. The column headings in Proxy Access are as follows:
Proxy Host Port: The host through which the proxy communicates with other sites. For proxies, the port is 31280.
Authorized: Indicates whether a server is authorized on the system, as described in Proxy Authentication. A green checkmark means Yes; a red X means No.
Online: Indicates whether a proxy is online and available for use. A green checkmark means Yes; a red X means No.
IPs: Specifies the number of IPs available on the proxy.
Auto-Config URL: A proxy auto-configuration URL tells your browser when to use a proxy server, and what proxy server hostname and port to use. For full details, see the Proxy Auto-Configuration URL article.
You can view the status of any proxy server by clicking the server name in the dashboard, which takes you to a status page showing server location, IP address, availability, and additional information for that server.
2-Factor Authentication is a way to enhance your account security. It requires a secondary password that changes each time you login.
Under Account Settings on the right side of your dashboard is a 2-Factor Authentication link. Click this link to go to the 2-Factor Authentication screen. For more details on setting 2FA, see "2-Factor Authentication" in Dashboard Account Settings.
Note: If you want to discontinue using 2FA, you will need to contact Support to disable it.
Under Account Settings on the right side of your dashboard is a Change Proxies link. Click this link to go to the Change Proxy Authorization page. On that page, you can select and deselect different proxies for authorization via the checkboxes, up to the limit of your subscription plan. To save your new selections and return to the dashboard, click the Authorize Proxy Servers button.
Please note: For access to the World Proxy (equivalent to 5 rotating proxies), you must be on the ProxyMesh 50 plan or above. If you're on a lower plan, the Change Proxy Authorization shows World Proxy as "struck out," that is, unavailable. But you can upgrade your plan if you need World Proxy access.
On the Change Proxy Authorization page you can also get access to more proxies by clicking the Upgrade Payment Method or Change Plan link on that page. Details on upgrading are available in Changing Your Subscription Plan.
The lower portion of the dashboard shows the details of your subscription plan.
Create New Sub-Account
This button is visible to subscribers to the ProxyMesh 20 and higher plans, underneath the Subscription Plan table. The ProxyMesh API article also details the step for programmatically creating a new sub-account.
Existing sub-accounts are listed under the Current & Past Bandwidth Usage table, under your username, with links to edit them.
Current & Past Bandwidth Usage
The Current & Past Bandwidth table on this page displays daily gigabyte (GB) use in the current period, plus usage for the previous 3 months. The heading in each history column is the billing date for that month.
See Past Bills
Once you subscribe to a plan, a See Past Bills button appears near the bottom of your dashboard. This leads to your ProxyMesh Past Bills page, which displays your past bandwidth usage and provides links to download your past invoices in PDF format. On this page, you can also add billing information to the invoice. For details, please see Changing "Billed To" Information.
The bottom of the dashboard displays various Usage Instructions with links for further information, along with a link to ProxyMesh Support.
Note: If you subscribe to the 100 Plan, you will see a link on the right side of your dashboard that takes you to a screen for purchasing Prepaid Bandwidth.
If you choose to downgrade from the 100 plan, your prepaid bandwidth will still be available for you to use but it will no longer be visible on your dashboard. Consider remaining on the 100 plan to help you keep track of your prepaid bandwidth.
Authenticated IPs & Hostnames
If you haven't added any IPs or hostnames, this link reads "Add an IP or Hostname." Once you’ve added at least one, the link changes to read "Edit IPs & Hostnames" and lists the IPs and hostnames below the link. The number of authenticated IPs is limited based on your subscription plan.
Clicking on the link takes you to the Edit Authenticated IPs screen.
Click on the link to go to the Edit Authenticated IPs page. The page displays a separate row for each of your authenticated IPs.
Add, change, or delete IP addresses by entering the IP address in the first field and a label (optional) in the second field, and checking the checkbox. Click the Submit button.
- To Add: Just type a new IP address in the window, add a label if desired, and click Submit.
- To Delete: Type the IP in the left window, check the Delete box on the right, and click Submit.
- To Change: On the row for the IP to be deleted, check the Delete box on the right. On a separate row for an IP to be added, type the IP address in the window and add a label if desired. Then click Submit. The system will execute the delete and add.
Any IP addresses you add will be able to access the ProxyMesh proxy without a
Proxy-Authorization header. If you need to add more IPs, submit the form and come back to the Edit Authenticated IPs page.
On this page you can also upgrade your account to add more IPs and enable hostname authentication.
Note: To use the Enabled Headers command, you must first use IP authentication or the
Proxy-Authorization header to authenticate your request to the proxy.
To safeguard anonymity, the proxy removes certain identifying headers from a request before submitting it to a remote site. However, at times you may need to include the
Authorization header, for example when sending an authenticated request to a website or API over the proxy server. Use this link to tell the proxy server to pass the
Authorization header through to the remote site. Checking the Authorization box and clicking the Save Headers button will keep this header from being removed.
Authorization header can be allowed at this time.
It's good practice to allow a few minutes for an enabled header to propagate through the network before sending it in a request.
See also the instructions under the Headers and HTTPS sections or contact Customer Support .