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RapidCache 2.0

At a Glance
  • Vicomsoft RapidCache 2.0

When users share an Internet connection, they tend to access many of the same sites. The result: redundant data transfer. Vicomsoft's RapidCache 2.0 lets you turn any spare Mac into a caching proxy Web server. The program runs as a stand-alone application or as an adjunct to a TCP/IP router, such as Vicomsoft's SoftRouter. In the latter arrangement, users need not configure their browsers for proxy mode. RapidCache is easy to set up using Web-based administration. It sports Java-based real-time performance graphs, along with a multitude of options for choosing content to cache. Optionally, it logs Web traffic for processing by standard Web log-analysis tools.

At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Easy to configure
    • Web-based administration
    • Selective caching

    Cons

    • Fast Internet connections require PowerPC and extra RAM
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