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Enable the EarthLink dialup Accelerator over AirPort Internet
I guess I was asleep and did not notice that EarthLink now has their EarthLink Accelerator released for Mac OS X. The Accelerator works by having the EarthLink servers grab web pages first and compress text and (optionally) reduce graphics size before sending them to your computer. This, along with caching techniques, can dramatically speed up dialup browsing.

However, if you are using an AirPort base station which dials into the 'net for you, the default settings do not work. I went back and forth with EarthLink "support" with no success -- they didn't even seem to understand/acknowledge what I was trying to do.

Apple Support forums to the rescue! I found someone looking for the answer to a different question, and he casually mentioned something that is probably documented better on the PC side. Accelerator works as a proxy on localhost (127.0.0.1 port 8080). So, install Accelerator on your machine, then set its network HTTP proxy to 127.0.0.1:8080, and you are set.

Currently, I cannot get multiple machines to work -- this may be an intentional limitation that EarthLink has designed into it, though. Anyone got further?
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EarthLink dialup Accelerator over AirPort configuration question
Authored by: mtp13 on Jan 29, '04 09:20:20PM

Please elaborate on your setup and configuration for accelerator. I installed accelerator on my powerbook and connect via airport to a windows xp machine that has a dial-up connection to the internet. When I installed accelerator I chose the lan/wireless configuration on the powerbook. I tried to change the http proxy (on the powerbook) as you explained, but a message that another program has changed the network settings comes up.

Any help?



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EarthLink dialup Accelerator over AirPort configuration question
Authored by: allenhuffman on Jan 31, '04 12:39:56AM

Oddly, mine has stopped working too, now, after days of it being just fine! By the way, the company that makes the technology is www.propel.com -- nothing of use there, though. No clue what was different the first few days when it worked! :(

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Enable the EarthLink dialup Accelerator over AirPort
Authored by: allenhuffman on Feb 15, '04 12:49:18AM

The recently announced ISP, www.fastermac.net, also uses an accelerator. Their package looks totally different from the Propel implementation that Earthlink uses, but it seems to work as good (if not better) -- and at HALF the cost. I have not tried them over Airport yet, but I have switched from E-Link to this Apple-specific ISP.

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Enable the EarthLink dialup Accelerator over AirPort
Authored by: allenhuffman on Feb 16, '04 08:59:43PM

I just confirmed that www.fastermac.net works across Airport, without me even having to change any settings. Far easier than Earthlink. Cool.

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