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Frequently Asked Questions

U.P. Logon FastNet is the fast and affordable choice for web access. With FastNet you will enjoy a significantly faster experience when you visit web sites, send and receive your e-mail, and perform many other Web-based activities.

How Does It Work?
With traditional dial-up methods, the text and graphics that make up web pages get sent from the server to you over your phone line. Because of the large amount of data required to be sent, this process can be painfully slow. FastNet compresses this data using a proprietary technology, and sends it over your existing dialup phone line. This compression process allows a smaller amount of data to be sent up to six times less making the download time of your web pages and your online experience that much faster. As an added download time reducer, FastNet stores elements of the web sites you visit frequently, eliminating the need to re-download them every time you visit these sites.

What gets accelerated?
To achieve the fastest web and email acceleration available, proprietary lossless compression is applied to text, html, xml, javascript and style sheets. Proprietary image compression is applied to gif images, jpeg images and Flash content. FastNet also accelerates email traffic, and is compatible with any POP3/SMTP client, including Outlook Express, Eudora and Netscape Mail. FastNet will not currently accelerate file downloads such as music files, or streaming video or audio media.

FastNet also offers additional value-added services to speeding up your web and email usage:

  • Pop-Up Blocker - block annoying pop-up advertisements while surfing! FastNet can prevent pop-up windows and floating flash advertisements from appearing while you browse the Internet. This feature is enabled by default, and no user-intervention is required. However, you can also easily disable this features at any time. FastNet allows you to specify a "White List" of sites where pop-ups will not be blocked and you can also see a list of all pop-ups that were blocked.

  • Banner-Ad Blocking - Stop the ads, and surf faster! FastNet can block many graphical advertisements that appear on web pages (i.e. ad banners). Enabling this feature will prevent these ads from being downloaded and displayed in your browser, reducing download time.

  • Integrated Diagnostic Support Tool

    FastNet offers the most extensive compatibility. FastNet works seamlessly with Internet Explorer 4.0 (or later) and Netscape Communicator 6.0 (or later), as well as any other web browser that allows you to specify an HTTP proxy. (Consult your browser's documentation for additional information.) SlipStream supports Windows (95/98, ME, 2000, NT, and XP) as well as MAC OS-X and PDAs The recommended system requirements are a Pentium PC 200MHz with 64MB of RAM and at least 5 MB of hard-disk space. On a Macintosh computer, a PowerPC G3 processor with OS X 10.2 (or later) with 333Mhz and 128MB RAM and 6MB of hard drive space is the minimum requirement.

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