NetXpress User Guide
This section will familiarize you with the features of the NetXpress.
2. Using NetXpress
- launching NetXpress
- accessing the user interface
- setting username and password information
- changing image quality settings
- starting and stopping
- closing NetXpress
3. Advanced Options
- changing your connection settings
- bypassing NetXpress for selected sites
- using NetXpress’ Pop-up Blocker
- view your acceleration statistics
- accessing product version information
- uninstalling NetXpress
NetXpress launches automatically everytime you start Windows. It operates in the background to accelerate your Internet connection. No user intervention is required.
If NetXpress is not running and you need to launch it manually, in the Windows Start Menu, an icon titled “NetXpress” is located under the NetXpress folder (as shown below).
The NetXpress taskbar icon appears in the Windows taskbar to you show you it is running.
NetXpress, once launched will remain in the system tray (as shown below). For the most part, during web browsing there will be no need to access the user interface. You can use the user interface to change settings, view connection status or acceleration statistics.
To access the user interface features, click on the NetXpress icon in the system tray (show 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.
Your username and password information is located in the Connection Status dialog. To set your username and password:
- Right-click on the NetXpress taskbar icon and select “Settings” from the menu
- Click on the “Connection” tab
- Enter your username and password in the fields provided. To avoid having to do this each time you connect, ensure that the “Save password” box is checked
- To save your settings, press OK
The image quality setting changes the quality of images that appear in your NetXpress. The higher the quality you select, the longer it will take 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.
- Right-click on the NetXpress system tray icon. See the user interface mini-tutorial if you are unsure of how to do this.
- Select “Settings…”
- Select the “Image Quality” tab
- Use the slider bar to adjust the image quality setting
- Click OK to save the settings
Getting Full Image Quality
While browsing, if you would like to request the full quality image, simply right-click on the desired image from within the NetXpress Web Browser and select “Show Original Image” from the menu.
The full quality image will appear in place of the lower quality image. (note: it may take several seconds for the higher quality image to load)
When the NetXpress accelerator is launched it automatically connects. Occasionally, you may need to stop or start manually.
If you are connected and you want to manually disconnect, right-click on the NetXpress system tray icon to access the pop-up menu. Select the menu item “Stop NetXpress”.
The NetXpress system tray icon will now have a red “X” in the bottom left corner.
If NetXpress is stopped and you want to manually start, right-click on the NetXpress system tray icon to access the pop-up menu. Select the menu item “Start NetXpress”.
The red “X” in the NetXpress system tray icon will disappear.
Right-click on the NetXpress system tray icon and select “Exit” from the pop-up menu (see below). NetXpress will disconnect and close. Doing this will not close any open browser windows.
Note: The NetXpress will automatically launch again the next time you reboot your computer.
Normally, the connection settings that are set during installation do not need to be changed. If however, your ISP provides new connection settings, you may change the preset ones using the ” Settings” dialog.
- Click on the NetXpress system tray icon to access the pop-up menu
- Select “Settings…”
- Click on the “Connection” tab
- Press “Advanced…”
- Change the “Remote Server Hostname” and “Server Port” to the ones we’ve provided you. In most cases, it is unnecessary to change the “Local Listening Port”
- Press “OK” to close the “Connection” dialog box
- Press “OK” to save your new connection settings. These settings will be used next time you connect with NetXpress
NetXpress includes a built-in pop-up blocker which will prevent any new browser windows containing advertisements from being opened while you are surfing the Internet. This feature can be turned on or off at any time you wish.
To access the Pop-up Blocker’s features, click on the NetXpress icon in the system tray. A pop-up menu will appear (shown below). Click on ‘Pop-up Blocker.’
This will open a features window with the three tabs ‘Options’, ‘White List’ and ‘Logging.’ (shown below).
On the ‘Options’ tab you have the ability to enable or disable the Pop-up Blocker at any time by selecting or deselecting the check box next to ‘Enable Pop-up Blocker.’ The other options on this tab allow you to block floating Flash-Ads and be notified when a pop-up is blocked with a PC speaker beep.
The ‘White List’ tab is used for adding websites which will not have their pop-ups blocked. Simply click the Add button and type in the website address. (shown below)
The Logging tab contains a list of all the web sites which have had a pop-up blocked. To clear this list, click the ‘Clear Log’ button. (shown below)
If you wish to bypass NetXpress for certain websites (websites on your local corporate intranet, for instance) then simply select the “Proxy Exclusion” tab on the ” Settings” dialog (see below). You have two options for bypassing sites:
1. If you have already defined a proxy exclusion list in your web brower, then the setting automatically applies to the NetXpress.
2. You may also “Specify a proxy exclusion list” by selecting this option. In the given text field, list all the websites, separated by semicolons, that you wish to bypass NetXpress Web Acceleration.
3. Stop and then start NetXpress.
in step 1, Netscape does not support the wildcard (*) operator.
You may view the acceleration statistics and how they change dynamically using the Statistics dialog.
- Click on the NetXpress taskbar icon to access the pop-up menu
- Select “Statistics…”, to display the Statistics summary dialog
- Click “Reset” to reset the statistics. You may do so at anytime while browsing without affecting NetXpress’ performance or operation
- Click the “Details” button to view more detailed statistics information (see below).
Consult the following table for a description of the values:
Original Data Size of the original (uncompressed) data. Actual Data Amount of data sent by SlipStream Web Accelerator. Savings Ratio Factor of reduction in data. E.g. A savings ratio of 4.00 means your connection is 4 times faster than a normal connection on average. Text-based This row contains compression information regarding text-based content. Graphics Contains compression information regarding graphical content. Others Contains information regarding content that is neither text nor graphical. Total Downstream Lists the total original and compressed amounts of data downloaded. Total Upstream Lists the total original and compressed amounts of data uploaded.
You may view the product version in the About dialog.
- Right-click on the NetXpress taskbar icon to access the pop-up menu.
- Select “About” to display the About dialog.
- Under the Control Panel, select “Add or Remove Programs”
- Select NetXpress and click Remove
- The uninstaller will launch and guide you through the uninstallation procedure