How to Find My HTTP Proxy Port Number

By Launie Sorrels

The proxy server acts as a mediator between the client machine and the main server. Requests sent from the client machine are first routed to the proxy server. These requests are then validated based on a series of filters. If the request is valid then the proxy server allows the client machine to retrieve the information from the source requested. Some of the uses of a proxy server are to restrict users from visiting specific websites, scan outbound content or restrict file and folder access depending on the client machine’s security level.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open the Internet Explorer browser.

Step 2

Click on the “Tools” down arrow, and select the “Internet Options” option.

Step 3

Click the “Connections” tab.

Step 4

Click the “LAN settings” button. The "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings" window will open. The proxy port number will be in the box labeled “Port.”

Firefox

Step 1

Open the Firefox browser.

Step 2

Click the “Tools” menu and select the “Options…” option.

Step 3

Select the “Advanced” icon.

Step 4

Click the “Network” tab.

Step 5

Click the “Settings…” button. The "Connection Settings" window will open. You can find the proxy port number in the "Port" box next to the "HTTP Proxy:" section.

Tips & Warnings

  • Proxy numbers are utilized when in a LAN setting. Unless the user has a specific home network, there will be no use for the proxy port number on home-based computers.
  • If you are an advanced Linux user and want to be able to set the proxy utilizing Squid, see the "Resources" section of this article.