Reverse proxy Page

Use this page to control requests from the Internet and forward them to servers in an internal network.

Navigation: SERVICES > Proxies > Reverse Proxy.

Global options
Reverse proxy Indicates whether the reverse proxy is turned on.
SSL certificate Indicates whether to use the "Built-in" SSL certificate to cater for HTTPS sites that use an SSL certificate, or to use a "Custom certificate" and key file. The certificate and key you upload must be unencrypted, and password-less. It must also be in PEM format. You can use the XCA certificate and key management client to import and export your SSL certificates and key files to the PEM format.
Advanced » Expands the view to show the next options.
Intrusion prevention The Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) policies stop intrusions such as known and zero-day attacks, unwanted access and denial of service. Select Enable to turn on an IPS policy.
Failback internal address The IP address of the web server to fail back to if a request doesn't match an address already configured. For example, or IP address and port, for example,
Manage rule
Name A meaningful name for the reverse proxy rule.
External address The URL, domain or IP address of the site that you want to publish using the following format:,, or You must include http or https in the address. You can also enter a path to the site that you want to publish in the URL. When configuring and, they're treated as distinct and separate sites, unless you use a wildcard character for the domain. To use a wildcard character, specify it as:
Internal address The protocol with the IP address or IP address and port of the web server, for example,,, A port number is optional on the internal address, you can specify custom destination ports for various internal web servers. If no port is specified, the Smoothwall defaults to 80 for HTTP sites and 443 for HTTPS sites.