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Hey there guys and gals,

I need some help. Once upon a time there was a really good page on the internet that showed exactly how to set your ip configuration to make your computer live on the internet so that you could host a web or ftp server using IIS. I have done this before but problem is I totally forgot how it was done and the magic page is nowhere to be found. Further more there is next to NO information on the net that explains how to set the TCP/IP ip setting to accomplish this.

I’m running IIS on Windows XP Pro behind a Linksys BEFSR41 router. I have the router forwarding ports 21 and 80 and have set my firewall to allow incoming and outgoing access to these ports. I have also turned the firewalls off completely so this is not the issue. I have a cable connection that is issuing me a static IP.

Currently the router is acting as my DHCP server and issuing my computer an IP in the 168.192.0.x range. What I need to know is how to configure my TCP/IP settings to allow my web server to go live. What should my gateway be, IP, etc…

Any help or links to resources will be greatly appreciated.
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You should set up a static IP so that it doesn't accidentally change. You can configure it in your TCP/IP properties. Make the IP 192.168.0.something. Default gateway should be 192.168.0.1, if that's the router's inside address. The subnet mask will likely be 255.255.255.0. I sound less than certain only because only you can look at your linksys and tell me what it's IP address and subnet mask are. You can see these parameters on the DHCP page.

I would set the DNS address of the server to the DNS addresses recommended by your ISP. You might find these in the WAN portion of your Linksys config. You can make the Linksys itself your DNS server but this can be flaky.
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First of all, the IP address of your router's external interface would be the address that peopel would access. That's obvious. If your router issues the ip address to your webserver, and is set forward port 80 to that address, it should be sufficient for outside world to get to it.

If you want to set it to static address, just pick an address from the range the DHCP on the router is set to, and assign it to your server. Gateway would be your router's internal address usually 192.168.1.1. name servers would be the same as your routers (under status page in the router). You nentioned that you DHCP issued address "...is an IP in the 168.192.0.x range...". It does not sound right. It usually in 192.168.1.x range.

Keep in mind that IP forwarding in the router has point to the specific IP on the server.

Hope this helps
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Good advice above.  A couple of handy reference sites that might help out, too:

"Run your own web server at home" at www.dslwebserver.com/main/fr_index.html?/main/quick-start.html
"Installing IIS on Windows XP Pro" at www.webwizguide.com/asp/tutorials/installing_iis_winXP_pro.asp
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Thanks you guys this really helped... The DSL webserver article especialy...

Thanks again
Nugs
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Glad to hear it.  Good luck.
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Always glad to assist.
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