To start using ProtoWeb, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and a web browser, that supports HTTP and FTP proxies. Protoweb is a free service, and no account is required to use it. All you need to do is add one of the Proxy Server addresses in your Web browser’s settings window.

Quick start guide

Step 1: Internet connection

Make sure the computer is connected to the Internet. If the computer you are using doesn't have networking or a network card, you can use the serial port and a Raspberry Pi Virtual Modem. You can use it to simulate a dial-up connection.

Step 2: Internet browser

Install a web browser in case you haven't done so already. If you're using a modern computer, you can use the Protoweb Browser which is pre-configured out-of-the-box, or RetroZilla 2.x. In general, you can use any web browser that supports proxy settings (most do). We also maintain a comprehensive list of tested browsers on various platforms.

Step 3: Browser configuration

If you installed and ran Protoweb Browser, you are ready to go, no configuration needed! If you're using another web browser, go to it's Network Settings. There will be a tab or a button to access Proxy settings. Under HTTP and FTP you will need to type in the address of our Proxy server along with it's port number. We keep an updated list of current proxy servers here.

Now you can use the service. Navigate to http://welcome.inode.com/ to begin, or go to http://www.inode.com/ to view the full index of restored domains.

Once you have set up your proxy, all there is to do is enjoy the numerous sites available. There is a comprehensive index  of restored domains. Simply open up your web browser and navigate to www.inode.com. You can also search for new sites, and interests using the built-in search at search.inode.com. 

You may want to check out our IRC channel, which is linked to our Discord server. With your favorite IRC client, connect to irc.libera.chat, port 6667 and join the channel #protoweb to chat with others 24/7!