Automatic URL Redirection to Turbo Browsers

Turbo.net makes it easy to create customized browsers for specific web sites. But how do you ensure users run the correct browser for a given site?

The new Turbo Browser Redirector automatically launches the appropriate Turbo browser in response to a user accessing a specified URL pattern.

This article will introduce Turbo.net URL Redirector and explain its configuration and use.

Before You Start

The Turbo URL Redirector is implemented via the Turbo.net Browser Helper, a native browser extension that assists in web navigation by processing clicked hyperlinks and URLs entered in the navigation bar. The helper can be configured to open specified domains using a browser available on Turbo.net or a local TurboServer.

Turbo.net contains the latest versions of all popular web browsers. It also provides customized web applications to improve the user experience when browsing popular web sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WebEx. For a complete list of available browsers, see the Professional Web and Home Web channels. Administrators can also define custom web browsers for specific web sites.

The Turbo.net Browser Helper is available for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, 10, and 11. Extensions for Chrome and Firefox will be available soon.

Enable Redirection

The Turbo.net Browser Helper is included in the latest Turbo Client release, but the feature is disabled by default.

To enable the Turbo.net URL Redirector, execute the following command:

> turbo config --enable-redirector
Hub server: https://turbo.net/
Browser redirection is enabled

Depending on the UAC policy defined on your machine you may see a dialog asking for elevated permissions. These are required to copy the Turbo.net Browser Helper binaries to %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%.

Enable the Turbo.net Browser Helper add-on and launch Internet Explorer.

You may see an Internet Explorer Security alert explaining that the Turbo Sandbox Manager will be opened outside of Protected mode. (Turbo Sandbox Manager is the service responsible for integration of Turbo applications with the Turbo.net website.) Ignore this warning by checking Do not show me the warning for this program again and then clicking Allow.

Go to Tools (Alt + X) and Manage add-ons (M).

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The Turbo.net Browser Helper will be displayed in the list of currently loaded add-ons. Change the status of the add-on to Enabled if required and close the dialog.

Define Redirection Rules

Sign in to the Turbo.net website and go to the Home tab.

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Click Select an application from the Hub. If have selected applications previously, expand the Add button and press From Hub.

Search for the Facebook app and press Add to display the Settings dialog.

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Scroll down the General tab and look at the URL Redirections section.

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The Facebook application defines a default redirection for the facebook.com domain. Click Save to add the application to your subscription.

(Administrators can define custom browsers and redirection URLs from the Settings menu for other web sites.)

Synchronize your local device with the web site by pressing Sync Device on the dashboard.

Browse the Internet with Turbo.net Browser Helper

Assuming you are using IE, go to facebook.com using the navigation bar.

The Turbo.net Browser Helper will display a notification explaining that the domain will be opened in a separate window. The Turbo Facebook browser will open in a separate window.

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Questions or comments? Ping us at @turbohq and stay tuned for news on Turbo URL Redirector support for Chrome and Firefox.