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The On Ramp

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 Issue # 17 March 2005 
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  • How does BMI Turbo work?


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  • How does BMI Turbo work?
    by Nathon Oneel
    March 2005
    BMI Turbo is a small piece of software that enables you to surf the internet at a much faster rate like a high speed connection. You wonder how? Well, here is a run down of how it works.

    First, when you are surfing from page to page online, your computer is requesting website information. While this is occuring, the request actually goes through the Turbo. The Turbo gets the requested site, compresses the webpage information and sends it to your computer in much smaller packets. Smaller packets travel faster. When the Turbo gets the information it decodes it and displays it on your screen. This all happens in a matter of milliseconds. As you go more often to your most frequently visited websites, those websites will display faster and faster.

    Why doesn't it open up fastest in the first place you ask? Well, here's why.

    The Turbo stores small pieces of information on your computer from each website you visit. Then when you return to a website, the Turbo uses that stored information instead of down loading it from the internet again. After that, Turbo uses the internet connection for what it didn't remember. The result? Websites appear a lot faster on your computer screen and you spend more time enjoying the website instead of waiting for it to download. Turbo is the next step up to faster surfing speed than dial up although it is still not as fast as DSL, Wireless or Satellite. The configuration for BMI Turbo is fast and simple.

    When adjusting your settings for Turbo, we've learned that you'll experience the best performance and a quality picture if the turbo is set at "medium" for the acceleration and "excellent" for the image quality. This is accomplished through settings when you click on the BMI Turbo.
    Here's how to check the configuration settings for your BMI turbo. First, click on the Turbo in the system tray by the clock. You will then see the following:
  • "Start BMI Turbo"
  • "Statistics"
  • "Settings"
  • "Pop-up blocker"
  • "Help"
  • "Exit"

    Start with settings on the list because the top two are self explanatory. Select settings and a small window will appear with the following folder tabs:
  • "Image Quality"
  • "Connection"
  • "Features"
  • "Update"

    Under Image Quality, select Acceleration to "Medium" and Image Quality to "Very Good".

    Next is the Connection tab. Click on it and Turbo will display the user name and ****** for the password. The user name box must include @bmi.net after the user name. In the next box, place a check for "save password". Now, notice the "Advanced" button. Click on it and another window will appear. Under "Remote server hostname" you should have one of the follwing: accelerator2.bmi.net OR accelerator.uspops.net or 216.239.160.71. Next is the server port. You should have 7000 and 5400 for the Local listening port. Click "okay" to take you back to the previous screen. On the next tab over you'll see features. Under this tab all boxes should be checked. Last but not least, click update. This is just what it sounds like. Under this tab, it will give you the version of your Turbo and an update button that allows you to download newer versions. The BMI Turbo also had a pop ad blocker feature. Under this window you'll notice three tabs:
  • "Options"
  • "White List"
  • "Logging"

    In the option tab, you can enable or disable the popup blocker feature. Below that there are two other boxes you can check. One is "Block floating flash-ads" which blocks flash ads that appear on the website you are viewing. Underneath that is "Notify blocked pop-up by PC speaker beep". Check that if you want to be notified when it blocks a pop-up ad.

    Moving on. Now your thinking "what's a white list?" Well, it is explained at the top. Popups will be ALLOWED to pass through from the sites/domain listed below. If the website you want requires popups in order for you to view something larger, then add them to this list and popups will be allowed only at this site. The last tab you see under this window is logging. This window stores the websites of all the blocked ads. There is a button on this window that says "clear log". It does what it says - it clears the logged sites that had popups. The last thing on the list is help. Under help you will notice:
  • "Diagnostics"
  • "Support website"
  • "About"

    Diagnostics test the software to check if it's working properly. There are three buttons. "Generate" - to start the test. "Copy log" - to copy the results. "Clear log" -to clear results of the log and start over again. From the results displayed, it will tell you where the turbo is working and where it isn't. The results are self explanatory. The "support" website takes you to the BMI home page. "About" tells you what version of the software you are running.
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