Setting up a home server!

September 7, 2010 at 17:47:23
Specs: Windows Vista
Okay I am on a Windows vista PC now I have been reading threads about people using DynDNS.org or windows server to configure their own websites off their home pcs. I am wondering wouldnt it be easier to use a dns server open the ports to the services you want to use and install something like Apache Friends? I may be wrong but that seems like an easier solution. I ran a server awhile back and I bout a modem without any ISP firmware and upped my service speed to gaming service and ran my website at a good speed never getting any negative feedback from users or athing from my ISP.

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#1
September 7, 2010 at 18:11:46
Unless you have a static IP address or a registered domain name with a static IP address connected to it via a DNS server then you will have to use a service like DynaDNS. DynaDNS has nothing to do with opening ports.

If you are behind a router you open ports to the web server on the local PC.

If your modem is connected directly to the PC you don't need to open ports.

Stuart


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#2
September 7, 2010 at 18:17:42
There are a few things to consider. Dyndns has been used to run web servers at home. The problem is that most ISPs don't allow it & may try to block it, if they see excessive traffic. Most people don't want to pay for a static IP address or web hosting, so they take that route. No matter what, I wouldn't want to run a web server that is in the same location as my LAN. I have seen many things that weren't meant for my eyes because of such mis-configuration.

If I ever have a domain or web page, I certainly won't host it from home. I'll pay the cost or I'll abandon the idea. You should do the same.

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#3
September 15, 2010 at 16:50:36
Okay! But lets say you got High Speed DSL and you configure your system to hold a certain IP or to route you ip automatically to a host name set on your pc where everytime it changes your ip it automatically routes conection to you setup. Also what if that connection was onloy used for the purpose of hosting the site. There are many different ways to bypass things with advanced programming and basic hacking knowledge to beable to make this work for what you are wanting? See I don't remember the exact setup I had before thats my problem!! I was hosting a music site (Music we created) with Apache Friends XAMPP did some configurations in my pc and used a dns tool too get my site out there but now I have a newer machine with a better CPU, RAM and Space I don't remember how to do this..

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#4
September 15, 2010 at 17:50:53
If you don't want to pay for web hosting, feel free to try to host your site at home using dyndns which will handle your routing question. You can also use a port other than 80 which is what some people do to avoid problems with their ISP.

Personally, if I had a web site, I wouldn't host it at home unless I had 2 separate internet connections. I would want my web space as far away from my LAN as possible. I would pay the extra money. To me, the security is worth it. If I couldn't afford it, I wouldn't do it at all.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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