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Webserver on local machine

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Webserver on local machine

Hello,

:?: Is it possible to set up a web server on my local machine that is visible to the outside world?

The static IP address that is assigned to my ADSL account does not seem to respond to pings. Is this a new thing?

yinch'04
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Webserver on local machine

Yes you can run a webserver on your PlusNet IP.

http://username.plus.com points to your plusnet IP address.

It's likely your ADSL modem or router is configured to not respond to pings.

You may need to configure port forwarding on your router/modem to direct connections to you local webserver to your internal IP address if you are using NAT.

What ADSL hardware are you using?
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Thanks Pete,

I am using a Conexant AccessRunner USB ADSL modem.

Any ideas where I can set the modem to 'expose' the IP address?

yinch'04
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There are two possibilities causing this.

1: A software firerwall is blocking these connections

2: Have you been redirected to a "Possible virus infection" webpage?
If so, ICMP packagets are blocked after being shown that page, and you can reset this with a reconnection
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Thanks acarr,

The Firewall thing did it! THANKS!

yinch'04
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Ok - when I turn of my firewall then the Ping responses ok but I still cannot get the world to 'see' that IP address.

Some background is that I can see the webserver from another machine on the LAN, when I type in the URL domain - which of course resolves to the IP correctly and my second PC can 'see' that IP address. The home page loads as expected

However, attempts to reach that page from elsewhere fails. Even with the firewall off.

Thoughts?
Smiley


yinch'04
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Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

Webserver on local machine

What do you mean by elsewhere? You can't use http://username.plus.com from within your local lan as your router gets confused and does not know what to do.
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Its not really a LAN - its two computers hooked up together via a CrossOver ethernet cable. There is no router, just a modem.

So to recap, the second PC can see the webpage via Internet Explorer on the first PC via "http://username.plus.com"

using "http://212.159.100.nn" also works on the second machine/

However, this URL does not seem to be accessible from anywhere else i.e. any machine on the rest of the Internet.

any thoughts?

yinch'04
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Hope you don't mind my butting in here, but it is the same issue.

I've set up a local web server (Apache) and have been having problems. Once I realised how port-forwarding was meant to be set up, however, I've made progress. But, I'm a bit puzzled.

Peter said
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You can't use http://username.plus.com from within your local lan as your router gets confused and does not know what to do.
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I am able to do this, from a wireless PPC, linking to my Linksys router. However, I can't if I use my 'me.uk' domain. Why would that be?

Also, I'm a bit confused as to why the above URL comes to my site, but with the prefix 'www' I access my Plusnet site. The distinction wasn't clear before, but now is slightly less so.

Incidentally, before I sorted out the forwarding, I kept getting my router's admin set-up pages, which was disconcerting as my wep key and passphrase etc were visible, presumably for all to see, although not to edit. Surely that shouldn't be?

yours, puzzled, Allan