To start using ProtoWeb, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and a web browser that supports HTTP and FTP proxies (almost all web browsers do!). You can use a direct connection to the Internet. All you need to do is add the Proxy Server addresses in your Web browser setting.

Quick start guide

Make sure the computer is connected to the Internet. In case your device does not have the ability to connect to the Internet, you can use a serial port in conjunction with a Raspberry Pi based virtual modem. Refer to our guide on creating a Raspberry PI modem simulator.

Install a web browser in case you haven't done so already. You can use any web browser that supports HTTP and FTP proxies. To see a list of tested browsers, check out our comprehensive list.
  • For the best experience, we recommend using the service with the following web browsers (depending on your platform):
    • Windows 3.x: Netscape Navigator 3.0, Internet Explorer 3.0, Opera 3.0
    • Windows 95/98/Me/NT4: Netscape Navigator 4.5, and Internet Explorer 4.0.
    • Windows 2000/XP: Internet Explorer 6.0
    • Modern Windows: RetroZilla 2.x, please refer to the article Classic Web Browsers on Modern Computers for more information.

Start the web browser and go to it's Network Settings. In Proxy settings, add ProtoWeb as your default proxy server under HTTP and FTP proxies. Refer to the Proxy Server List for current proxy servers.
Now you can use the service. Navigate to to begin, or go to to view the full index of accessible domains.