do do i allow access to my localhost on the internet

Posted on 2005-05-07
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
do do i allow access to my localhost on the internet
i did it about 2 years ago by just finding my ip address and using that

but now i have a netgear wireless router and zonealarm firewall

i have taken down my firewall to see if that is what the problem was
but it didnt work
and i tried to forward the 8080 port on netgear firewall but that didnt work either
my laptop has the server and its on a home network

can anyone help please
Question by:liseperu
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    Port forwarding is a good way to go.  Describe specifically how it's been set up, including what the server IP address is set to on your Netgear Port Forwarding page.  Also note whether your laptop has a statically assigned IP address or if it pulls an address from DHCP.

    Also, are you sure that the web server on your laptop is accepting traffic on 8080? (you can test this from another machine on your LAN)

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    i can access my laptop from my other pc's
    the ip that my netgear is forwarding to is exaclty the same as the one i used to test the laptop webpage page
    the laptop ip isnt static... i mean it changes whenever i turn it on or off.. is this what you mean?

    Author Comment

    oh yeh...

    i thought i would test to make sure i can get to house from the interent so i set the router to allow remote management
    and i could access the router using the external:8080 ip and port address.. so i know i can get in..

    is ther something i have to set on IIS...
    i dont remember having to do that before but it was 2 years ago!!!

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    OK, so you've got IIS on your laptop.  Go to the port forwarding page on your Netgear, select service HTTP, then enter the IP address of your laptop.

    You should be able to hit your IIS home page by just pointing a browser to the external IP address of your router, without any port number.  Note that you should test this from outside your LAN.

    If it doesn't work, post back the specific settings on your port forwarding page.

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    this is what my router says

            #        Service Name        Start Port        End Port        Server IP Address
           1      HTTP                  80                   80             

    also i noticed in my router there are 2 EXTERNAL ip addresses
    IP Address
    Gateway IP Address

    which should i be using as my external address
    btw what do u mean outside my lan?

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    Your port forwarding setup looks fine.

    You should use the IP address of your router.  The gateway address is where your router sends traffic bound for destinations outside of your LAN.

    'Outside your LAN' means that you should test this from a machine that doesn't reside on your LAN (doesn't sit behind your router).

    It's possible that everything is set up properly, and that you were trying to test external access to your IIS machine from inside your LAN, which won't work.

    If you don't have handy access to machine outside your LAN for testing, see if you can get a friend to help you test.

    Finally, if you want this setup to be a persistent thing, you'll probably want to set it up with a DHCP reservation so that each time you put it on your LAN, it will pull the same IP address and your port forwarding will work.

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    Sorry, my last comment was a little confusing.  What I meant to say is that you'll probably want to set up your router with a DHCP reservation for your laptop, so that each time the laptop is connected, it will get the same IP address.  Note that this would be necessary for your port forwarding to continue to work.

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    thats works fine
    i think its cus i was inside my lan

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