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Boreal Web Accelerator User Guide 4.0
This section will familiarize you with the features of
Boreal Web Accelerator Version 4.0 and later.
1. Using Boreal Web Accelerator
2. Advanced Options
Launching Boreal Web Accelerator
Boreal Web Accelerator launches automatically each time you start Windows. It operates in the background to accelerate your Internet connection. No user intervention is required.
If Boreal Web Accelerator is not running and you need to launch it manually, an icon titled "Boreal Web Accelerator" is located in the Windows Start Menu under the Boreal Web Accelerator folder (as shown below).
If Boreal Web Accelerator is running, the Web Accelerator system tray icon will appear in the Windows system tray.
Accessing the User Interface
Once launched, the Web Accelerator icon will remain in the system tray (as shown below).
In general, there will be no need to change the settings during Web browsing. You can use the user interface to change settings, access the privacy manager, view the connection status, and check the acceleration statistics. To access the user interface features, click on the Web Accelerator icon in the system tray (shown above). A pop-up menu will appear (shown below), providing access to all the features of the product. Selecting and single-clicking any of the menu items will access that particular feature.
Setting the Username and Password Information
Your username and password information is located under the Connection tab. To set your username and password:
Changing the Image Quality Setting
The image quality setting changes the quality of images that appear in your Boreal Web Accelerator. The higher the quality you select, the longer it will take for the image to load. For slower Internet connections, it is recommended that you lower your image quality. This slider can be adjusted anytime while browsing.
You can easily obtain full image quality for a particular image (described below), so don't be overly conservative about lowering your image quality setting.
Getting Full Image Quality
Note: The following information applies only when browsing with Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, Firefox 1.0 or later, Mozilla 1.7.3 and later and Netscape 7.2.
If you would like to request the full quality image while browsing, simply right-click on the desired image from within your Web browser and select "Show Original Image" from the menu (shown below).
If you want to see the full quality version of all images on the current page, simply right-click on any image from within your Web browser and select "Show All Original Images" from the menu (shown below).
Changing the Pop-Up Blocker Settings
Boreal Web Accelerator can prevent pop-up windows and floating Flash advertisements from appearing while you browse the Internet. This behavior is enabled by default, and no user-intervention is required. However, you can disable these features at any time.
A limited number of Web sites require pop-ups to function correctly. Boreal Web Accelerator allows you to specify a "White List" of sites where pop-ups will not be blocked.
You can also see a list of all pop-ups that were blocked. This information is useful if you suspect a Web site is not functioning properly because pop-ups are being blocked.
To enable or disable the Pop-Up Blocker:
To disable the Pop-Up Blocker for specific sites:
To view the Pop-Up Blocker log:
To add sites to the White List:
You can add sites to the White List within the Pop-Up Blocker dialogs (which is shown above) or from within Internet Explorer.
Blocking In-Page Advertisements
Boreal Web Accelerator can block many graphical advertisements that appear on various Web pages (i.e. ad banners). Enabling this feature will prevent these ads from being downloaded and displayed in your Web browser. Thus, the Ad-Blocking feature will reduce the time that it takes to download Web pages.
To enable or disable the Ad Blocker:
Starting and Stopping Boreal Web Accelerator
When Boreal Web Accelerator is launched it automatically connects. Occasionally, you may need to stop or start the Web Accelerator manually.
Stopping Web Accelerator:
If you want to manually disconnect the Web Accelerator, right-click on the Web Accelerator system tray icon to access the pop-up menu. Select the menu item "Stop Web Accelerator".
The icon that indicates the Web Accelerator is disabled will appear on the system tray.
Starting Web Accelerator:
If Boreal Web Accelerator is stopped and you want to start it manually, right-click on the Web Accelerator system tray icon to access the pop-up menu. Select the menu item "Start Web Accelerator".
The icon that indicates the Web Accelerator is disabled will now be replaced with the enabled icon.
Closing Boreal Web Accelerator
To close Boreal Web Accelerator:
Changing Your Connection Settings
Normally, the connection settings that are set during installation do not need to be changed. If Boreal Access provides new connection settings, you will have to change the preset ones using the "Settings..." dialog.
Bypassing Boreal Web Accelerator for Selected Sites
If you wish to bypass the Web Accelerator for certain Web sites (e.g. Web sites on your local corporate intranet), then simply select the "Features" tab on the "Settings..." dialog and click on "Proxy Exclusion" (see below). You have two options for bypassing sites:
Note: Some versions of Netscape do not support the wildcard (*) operator.
Boreal Web Accelerator can accelerate Flash files. The degree of compression is based on the Image Quality setting.
To enable Flash acceleration:
Boreal Web Accelerator now provides FTP acceleration. If this feature is enabled, both download and upload FTP traffic will be accelerated. FTP acceleration works with any FTP client that supports passive mode, including Internet Explorer, Cute FTP, WS_FTP and Smart FTP. Please make sure that the FTP transfer is in the passive mode. This can be set in your FTP application.
To enable FTP acceleration:
Boreal Web Accelerator can reduce the amount of time that it takes
to send email. The Web Accelerator is compatible with
Outlook Express, Eudora, Opera Mail, Pegasus and Netscape Mail.
Since the Web Accelerator accelerates sending email automatically
without any user intervention, you can use your mail program exactly
as you normally would.
To change the email acceleration settings:
Viewing Your Acceleration Statistics
You can view the acceleration statistics and how they change dynamically using the Statistics dialog.
Viewing Boreal Web Accelerator's Performance
You can view your Web Accelerator's overall performance using the Performance dialog.
From this screen you can view the size of the original (uncompressed) data transferred through Boreal, the actual
(compressed) size of the data, and your savings ratio. For example, a savings ratio of 4.00 means that the actual data that has been sent is 1/4 the size of the original data due to compression.
Also, this window displays the speed of your connection and the estimated amount of downloading/uploading time that has been saved by using the Web Accelerator. Note that these two features are only available when using a dial-up connection.
Boreal Web Accelerator's Privacy Manager
Boreal Web Accelerator's Privacy Manager provides a safer and more secure browsing environment. It can clear the cache, cookies, and history in the Temporary Internet Files folder. This is the same as clearing Internet Explorer's cache and the cache of any Web browser which uses the same cache folder.
Running Diagnostics Tool
If you contact Boreal for technical support, the support personnel may request that you send a diagnostics report to them. The diagnostics report contains system information, such as your Boreal Web Accelerator settings and connectivity, which will allow Boreal to provide further assistance.
To create a diagnostics report:
Getting Technical Help
To get more information on Boreal Web Accelerator and troubleshooting, please visit our support Website. You can access our support site by right clicking on the system tray icon and selecting "Help", "Support Website".
Accessing Product Version Information
To view the product version information:
Updating Your Software
AutoUpdate will inform you of any major or minor software upgrades to the Boreal Service. By default, you will be notified of all software upgrades.
To manually update Boreal Web Accelerator:
Uninstalling Boreal Web Accelerator
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