Accessing my Web Server on RoadRunr

February 21, 2009 at 07:50:33
Specs: Windows Server 2003, 1gig
I have installed Windows Server 2003 on my Road Runner home network. I can access my Home Website from other computers connected on my Road Runner network. When I try to access it from outside my house on other networks I cannot. My website IP address is 192.168.0.2. What do I need to do so outside Users can access my Website? I am new at this, so any direction woudl be greatly appreciated. I have a lot to learn I know.thanks, John

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#1
February 21, 2009 at 10:27:42
192.168.0.2 is a private IP address that is accessible for outside of a Local Area Network.

You need your public IP address which you can find out by going to http://www.whatismyip.com/

That is the address you need to access the website from outside of your LAN. You will also need to forward port 80 from your router the IP address hosting the web site which appears to be 192.168.0.2.

Be aware that if you have a dynamic IP address from your ISP which most home users have, this IP addressis likely to change.

Stuart


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#2
February 23, 2009 at 12:28:32
Thank you so much. I have been trying to find where in my Server configuration I might be able to enable this Port Forwarding with no luck. I found my Public IP Address to be 71.77.40.255 and my Server IP Address is 192.168.0.12. Can you tell me how and where I can set this up? If I understand this correctly, once I have this set up right, my friends should be able to access my default website on my server by accessing this: http://71.77.40.255/
thank you for any patience and help you can provide. john

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#3
February 23, 2009 at 13:54:03
Poert forwarding is done in your router. You need to log onto your routers configuration and look for Port Forwarding. It may also be called virtual servers.

You redirect incoming request on 71.77.40.255 to 192.168.0.12

Stuart


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#4
February 23, 2009 at 14:36:52
Thank you Stuart. I think I understand now. I use Time Warner Road Runner service. I have a NetGear wireless modem that has multiple eithernet recepticles. I assume this is not a router? Does this mean I need to get Time Warner to update my Port Forwarding or is this not possible with my set up? Do I need to purchase a router and the service in order to do what I need? I was hoping I could get this to work with what I have. I apoligize for my ignorance, but I do appreciate your help in understanding better what I need to do.
thanks, John

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#5
February 23, 2009 at 14:49:36
If you computer has an IP address of 192.168.0.12 then you must have a device with Network Address Translation, therefore you already have all you need.

If you have four Ethernet ports then you almost certainly have a router. If you type http://192.169.0.1 into your web browser you should get the configuration screen you need. This IP address is a guess but you will find the correct address in the documentation that came with the wireless modem. You will be prompted for a user name and password. Try Admin for both. Again the manual for the modem will tell you what the default is. Wireless Modems are usually, modem/router/switch/wireless access point combined.

Time Warner Cannot do anything for you in this respect. Port forwarding is outside the scope of anything they can do. This has to be done by the user.

Stuart


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#6
February 24, 2009 at 02:00:45
Thanks Stuart,
It now works. I had to reset my Modem and then I was able to log in,http://192.169.0.1 ID Admin and PW password. There is a button in the back I used a paper clip, holding it in for about 10 seconds. I set the Start Port to 80 and End Port to 80. Should I change that for any reason? Do you know how I can get it to recognize a Name instead of an IP address?

Thanks for all your help.


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#7
February 24, 2009 at 03:35:05
Port 80 will do fine, that is the default port for HTTP. There are times when you might need to change it but if it works leave it as it is.

You can use a name by using a Dynamic DNS Service like this http://www.dyndns.com/

You get a domain name from them and they link it to your IP address. You run a small application on your PC which constantly monitors your IP address and when it changes, contacts this service which updates the DNS record. Some routers have this facility built in under Dynamic DNS. All you need do is enter the details of the service.

This service is free for home users and you can have up to 6 domain names but they can only be used with this service.

Stuart


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