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# 201854 7-Sep-2016 10:03
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I finally took the plunge and shifted from my ISP of several years to Bigpipe on a 100/20 plan (& 2talk). I had been having problems with a certain transparent proxy, and the final straw was me being unable to dowload some titles from Playstation network (eg minecraft would never update except when routing the console through PIA vpn).

 

The changeover was smooth; got up on Monday morning, changed the router config, got my static IP & good to go. Funny thing was I had been looking at changing providers for a couple of years, but held off as all I had heard were bad experiences of prolonged disconnections etc.

 

All seems good, so far at least. The playstation updates as it should and there are no missing thumbnails on H*lu or Netflix. The videos on the former appear snappier on start-up as well.

 

What are the benefits of a transparent proxy to the end user, if any? I assume the isp has more control over content delivery but all it gave me were headaches. (& thanks bigpipe)

 

edit: tried to fix format


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  # 1624962 7-Sep-2016 10:10
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Your post looks weird... writing is on a white background instead of the usual color. Did you paste in some html? Maybe the forum needs to sanatise input?


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  # 1624963 7-Sep-2016 10:12
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In the days before CDN's a proxy could siginifigantly speed up the web on somewhat frequently accessed sites.

 

But CDNs, cloudflare and people pushing everything to be SSL have made them much less use.





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  # 1624964 7-Sep-2016 10:13
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Yes, strange indeed! I cut & pasted from word (typing at a work computer)




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  # 1624999 7-Sep-2016 11:37
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richms:

 

In the days before CDN's a proxy could siginifigantly speed up the web on somewhat frequently accessed sites.

 

But CDNs, cloudflare and people pushing everything to be SSL have made them much less use.

 

 

 

 

Gotcha, thanks. It's been nothing but a pita for me after ditching the VPN for Netflix & Hulu in favour of dns unblockers, as well as using opendns for the kids devices. 


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