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Browsing to static IP address - a question

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Browsing to static IP address - a question

Hi, I'm experimenting with my static IP address to try and figure something out regarding DNS services for a client of mine. My PN static IP address is 212.159.9.131 - if I browse to http://212.159.9.131, I get a 404-Not Found response. Browsing to http://www.jeremyrussell.co.uk is fine.

For other sites, either the URL or the dotted quad reference works. Examples include:

http://212.58.226.40 - the BBC's news page
http://64.236.24.4 - CNN's index page

What am I not understanding here?

Thanks for any advice ...

JR
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Posts: 4,729
Registered: 04-04-2007

Browsing to static IP address - a question

Providing you are running and web server that is accessible to the outside world then browsing to either;

http://212.159.9.131 or
http://jeremyrussell.plus.com

Should work.

See http://chillypenguin.plus.com ,This is runnung on a web server off of my ADSL connection.


Chilly
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Browsing to static IP address - a question

I figured it might be you that replied Smiley Thanks for that.

So you are running a webserver on your own system, is that right? I was kind of figuring that www.jeremyrussell.plus.com and 212.159.9.131would both resolve to my webspace on PN's server.

I guess that assumption was wrong, then.

JR
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Posts: 4,729
Registered: 04-04-2007

Browsing to static IP address - a question

Here are your IP addresses;

(212.159.12.116) jeremyrussell.plus.com
(212.159.9.131) www.jeremyrussell.plus.com
(212.159.3.3) cgi. jeremyrussell.plus.com

Chilly
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Browsing to static IP address - a question

Some additional info to the above.

www.username.plus.com points to plusnets homepages (www) server where you can put your www website. You cannot connect to this using an IP address because the Apache webserver running there needs a URL/domain name in order to determin which directory on the server contains the website you want to access. This is because all plusnet www websites use the same IP address (that os the webserver) so just using the IP address is meaningless.

Similarly cgi.username.plus.com points to plusnets CGI server and again you cannot access this using an IP address, only a URL/domain name because all cgi websotes use the same IP address (which is the webserver).

username.plus.com points to your plusnet assigned IP address and can be used to access your own webserver, ftp server or any other server you want to run on your own system. You can also just use your IP address because you are the only one using it. However you cannot connect to username.plus.com from your own network becuse your router / modem will normaly not understand what you are trying to do. To test you local webserver from your own PC you either put username.plus.com 192.168.0.1 (or whatever you local IP address is) into the Windows hosts file. Or you access your own IP address via a proxy server on the internet. You can use MegaProxy for that purpose.
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Browsing to static IP address - a question

Thanks - I think that's clarified my question ...