It's simple and very easy to use. It saves time to lookup the DNS requests from your computer when browsing the web and make it faster. Works very well on my Windows XP SP3.
If you access the internet you access a DNS server every time you access a website. FastCache is your own DNS Server running on your own computer, keeping track of where you like to go but only for your own benefit. When you want to access a site a second or subsequent time FastCache already knows what to do so you save a little bit of upload and download every time.
That might save you money and it WILL save a little time.
For the price you pay (nothing) it's an absolute bargain. It WORKS and once set up you have nothing else to do, BUT you must read the documentation to set it up properly. It's easy for almost anyone to do and if you don't do it you are wasting your time downloading.
This is a fine bit of software. if you're not able to configure FastCache, you should sell your computer and take up knitting.
One reviewer had a stinging indictment of all analogX software. For this product, I agree as far as win XP is concerned. It failed often and needed to be restarted. The product failed to operate, on startup, or after putting the computer in standby mode. The setup instructions for XP didn't apply. I had to guess until it worked. The uninstall left an invalid startup entry that starts the program at machine startup time, even though the program is uninstalled. Also one other registry leftover. The other reviewer says that they included an extra DNS in their machine in case the cache wasn't working. Well that could be most of the time, since he's basically got a failsafe in place. On W98 everything was correct and no problems yet. In summary you have two no votes and one spoiled ballot for XP. On W98 is could be worth a try, it's probably made for that.
AnalogX makes niche products, not do everything software, so that's all I expect. Not for Beginners.
This program is extremely useful for me, as I'm connecting over satellite (1200ms packet-time average to anything, yecgh!). FastCache shaved at least a second off my time, *each time* I pull a page.
Problems? Not really. You've just got to be smart with the configuration. For example, *before* changing anything, I used ipconfig /all to find my current DNS servers, and saved that for later note. Next, I installed FastCache and changed my TCP/IP's *first* DNS address to 127.0.0.1 (for FastCache), and set my *second(alternate)* DNS to one of the current DNS servers I'm using (remember the addressed I found from 'ipconfig /all'?). This ensures that you'll still pull pages even if FastCache isn't working right off the bat.
For me, it didn't work right away. But after 10-20 pages loads later, it started caching without a hitch.
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