Backconnect in a browser

Guide by Thomas Vinke

Browser extensions

We recommend setting up a backconnect proxy in the SwitchyOmega browser extension. It's supported on Firefox as well as Chrome and other browsers derived from it.

SwitchyOmega supports proxy profile creation, which means that the username and password can be entered and saved before the connection attempt.

Please refer to our SwitchyOmega setup guide to install the extension.

The FoxyProxy extension supports this functionality as well. Setup guide

Backconnect

Firstly, check out our Backconnect documentation to understand how it works:

Backconnect overview and examples

Building a backconnect proxy

Setting up

We are skipping to the Step 3 of the SwitchyOmega setup guide.

In this example, we are going to create a Profile for a 30 minute Sticky proxy that is going to return IPs from Nashville, TN, United States.

Creating a new Profile:

New Profile creation screenNew Profile creation screen

New Profile creation screen

Server and Port

Set the Protocol to HTTP. When using backconnect, the server will always be gate.smartproxy.com, and the Port will always be 7000. The location and the session type of the proxy are going to be specified in the username.

Server and PortServer and Port

Server and Port

Backconnect authentication

Click on the lock icon to the right of the Port input field to access the authentication window:

AuthenticationAuthentication

Authentication

This is where the magic happens. A username like this is going to be used as an example:

user-SPuser-country-US-city-Nashville-session-nashville30-sessionduration-30

Refer to the backconnect overview and the guide to learn how to make a username for the location you need.

Proxy AuthenticationProxy Authentication

Proxy Authentication

Make sure to save and Apply the changes to the Profile.

Apply changesApply changes

Apply changes

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Sessions

Use a different session variable for each profile you create to make sure that two Profiles do not receive the same IP address.

Usage

Clicking on the SwitchyOmega icon will list all of the created Profiles.

We are going to click on the "US Nashville Sticky 30" Profile we have created to turn it on.

ProfilesProfiles

Profiles

Finally, we check the IP address in https://ipinfo.io to make sure that it works.

Check the IP address on https://ipinfo.ioCheck the IP address on https://ipinfo.io

Check the IP address on https://ipinfo.io

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Note: Whitelisted IP

Make sure that your IP address is not whitelisted on our dashboard. A browser will ignore your backconnect username and will authenticate using the whitelisted IP instead.