So what does the apn proxy do?

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So awhile ago I was having an issue with the speedtest app. Flat out would not work on the koodo network, and worked fine with bell. I asked the question on here, and didn't get an answer.

So today I did a google search, and found the answer on this forum actually: Delete the proxy for the apn, but leave the proxy for the mmc.

So I did, and speedtest works fine now. And everything that was working before still works.

Not sure if it's connected, but when I started flashing custom roms, the system started pulling telus ap settings as well as the koodo from the sim card, but always defaulted to koodo.

So my question is, what is the purpose of the koodo proxy?
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I did some research & from what I gather the proxy routes the device through the company's servers before it goes worldwide. This could be done so that certain info from the company is more quickly accessible & they can also control the use of some sites/apps.
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Yeah that's what I figure too. Be nice to hear what koodo has to say on it officially.
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Ashley

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Kid Android has got the right idea Aaron. The proxy is there to ensure the security of our infrastructure so turning it off isn't an option :)
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I turned it off in the sense I'm not connecting to it anymore, as it was interfering with the speed test app. I'm just kind of surprised it's working with out the proxy settings.
I'm a Koodo customer and I'm pretty fed up with having to flip airplane mode off and on to get data moving again in a lot of locations. I even bought a new SIM card to see if it would help to no avail. Now this weekend I will have to rip the proxy out of the iPhone the hard way. If it solves it I will be posting detailed instructions on how to do it. The parent company Telus doesn't need the proxy therefore it's not there for "security" but rather to create dead spots where your data will not work.
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It's strange, as I've never had the proxy interfere with anything on iPhones. I've had to disable it on a few Androids but that was it.
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Not only did I find that the speedtest app now works after removing the APN proxy, but I am now experiencing true HSPA+ speeds, whereas before using browser speed tests, I would get about 3-4mbps. Now i get between 13-16mbps download speeds.
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Yeah, I'm topping out at 5mbit down right now, but I'm pretty sure it had more to do with location at the moment.

but yeah, just another reason not to use the proxy. I just think it's weird that we can still connect to the internet with out tunneling through the proxy. Not that I'm complaining, as the proxy is far from perfect and retards functionality of some apps
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So is it a way to throttle speeds also?
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Maybe its not supposed to throttle, but its just a con of using the proxy, at least on Koodo. And the fact is Aaron, a proxy is not needed for internet connectivity. Sure it might make things more secure or whatever according to Koodo, but it is not strictly enforced so there is no need of having it. There are many providers out there that don't need a proxy. Rogers doesn't enforce a proxy for APN settings, but it is needed for MMS to work just like Koodo. This is because the message needs to go through Koodo (or the respective carrier's servers) first in order to be sent to the recipient.
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Could be potentially, or slow speeds could just be a result of a poor proxy setup.

I'd like to think it's the latter.
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Right, but why bother with leaving clients the impression of using the proxy is mandatory. I never thought to try without before, I mean it's in the settings listed. Just figured it was like some lans, the only way out is through the proxy.
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So... I wondered why my Amaze 4g was so slow. And why Speedtest wasn't working. Now I know. Thanks. Easily doubled my data speed.
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It makes sense that proxy speeds are slower, because all traffic is re-routed through a specific proxy.

I only use proxies if I need them for a specific task.
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what would be a task that you need a proxy?
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Tricking Netflix to think you were in the USA?

Tricking the NHL to not knowing where you were so you could watch local games using GameCenter Live?

Watch Hulu?
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how do you do that with the APN? I've always paid to use a VPN service to do that which you don't touch the APN for.
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Using a VPN is using a proxy, and it usually slows down your connection speeds I actually use a private DNS to watch US Netflix and listen to Pandora.

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