Server access problems

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April 21, 2011 at 08:31:34
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP1, 3.0Ghz,2Ghz
I set up a home web server but I can't access it from an external IP address. I can access it using localhost or the local IP address but not from the external IP address. I have Verizon DSL. I know from experience Verizon blocks port 80. So I chose to use port 1000. Before I got DSL, I had dial-up. I wrote a program with a web browser control and could use the external address with no access problems, e.g. WebBrowser1.Navigate "". I even used this method to do a loopback test directly from the server. No problem. Now I have DSL and a router. I gave the server a static IP address and have a rule to forward requests on port 1000 to the server. But entering external IP in browser or cell phone comes up with nothing. What am I missing? With the router involved, can I even enter an external IP address from within my private network? And if not, why can't I get it to come up on my cell phone, which would be outside my network? Thanks.

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April 21, 2011 at 08:35:05
Forgot to mention there is also a software firewall involved, ZoneAlarm. The firewall is not the advanced version but a free download. I disabled the FW and enabled Windows Firewall to open port 1000. Still no access. Testing port 1000 from gets the result that the request timed out. Not sure what's going on.

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April 24, 2011 at 19:56:20
The problem has been resolved. My ISP does not allow hosting a home server on their network. So, I guess I have to find a good free hosting service. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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April 26, 2011 at 10:28:34
I recommend Freehostia's Chocolate plan. 250MB disk space, 6GB monthly bandwidth, doesn't display ads, and it's free. I used to use it before I went for paid hosting and found Freehostia is great for free web hosting. Much better than other free hosts I've tried.

Some ISPs offer a small amount of web hosting or special plans for running your own server. For a regular web surfer, they'll need 4x or greater download bandwidth than upload. If you're hosting a server, you'll want the opposite and most ISPs don't have plans for that, so you often have to go elsewhere.

When it comes time to buy web hosting, you'll likely get shared hosting. I love Bluehost's shared hosting plan. It comes with a free domain name so long as you remain hosting with them. I have very few problems and they've been quickly remedied. I've also transferred hosting/domain without problems.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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