Sauce Connect™ is a proxy server that opens a secure "tunnel" connection for testing between a Sauce Labs virtual machine or real device and a website or mobile app hosted on your local computer ("localhost") or protected behind a firewall. Sauce Connect Proxy is required only in situations where the website or app being tested in Sauce Labs is not publicly accessible.
In addition to providing a means for Sauce Labs to access your application or website, Sauce Connect has some other benefits in your testing network architecture:
- Serves as an alternative to whitelisting
- Provides ability to monitor upstream traffic through a proxy like BrowserMob
- Stabilizes network connections (e.g., detecting/re-sending dropped packets)
For information on downloading, setup and configuration in network architectures, please see Getting Started with Sauce Connect Proxy.