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I'm trying to host a website on my home network that's running on a 2wire 1800hg gateway. Anybody have any experience with 2wire? To start, I'm just trying to access web pages on winxppro laptop running IIS. No luck so far. I can access pages  locally, of course,  but can't access any pages from browsers on other boxes on my (mixed mac pc) network or from the outside. Any 2wire-specific guidance would be great. Details to follow, as necessary (or requested).

At the moment, I've got dsl/dynamic IP. I'm trying to avoid paying for static. Once I make some progress, I'm planning on trying zoneedit.com or something similar.
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Top Expert 2007
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Have you enabled an exception in the Windows firewall on the WinXP machine for HTTP on port 80?  If not you won't be able to access the server from anywhere other than the machine itself.

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Dave_Dietz: No...I haven't enabled an exception. I'll look into that. Will let you know what happens.

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Ok. A start: Now I've created the firewall exception, I can at least get to the box. Now I need to figure out how to get to my laptop webserver from the internet. Need to assign a public IP? Enable public network? Bridge network? Not sure. All help appreciated.
Top Expert 2007

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Depending on your router you will need to figure out how to forward port 80 to your server's internal IP address.

Once this is done all you need to know is you external IP address - browse tothat and your request should be forwarded to your web server which should then reply back to your client.

From the little I have been able to find on the 1800HG it should be able to do this but I have no familiarity with the interface.

Dave Dietz

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OK...I think I have port forwarding working internally, but it doesn't seem to be working from outside my local network. My 2wire router has asigned 10.0.1.xx to my server (aka winxppro laptop). My provider, verizon online, has assigned me (that is, my router) 70.107.140.xxx. Now, I can browse to my laptop home page via  http://10.0.1.xx or http://70.107.140.xxx, as long as it's from a browser inside my network.

So far, so good.

However, I'm still not able to get to 70.107.140.xxx from outside my network. When I ping it, I get

Reply from 10.36.8.4: Destination net unreachable.
Top Expert 2007

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What if you do a tracert?

Some ISPs block ports on their network - yours may have port 8- blocked.

Dave Dietz

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Here's what I get internally:

C:\>tracert 70.107.140.xxx

Tracing route to pool-70-107-140-xxx.ny325.east.verizon.net [70.107.140.xxx]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms     1 ms  pool-70-107-140-xxx.ny325.east.verizon.net [70.1
07.140.xxx]

Trace complete.

Here's what I get when I try from outside my network (remote access from my office at MYCOMPANY.com):

C:\>tracert 70.107.140.xxx

Tracing route to pool-70-107-140-xxx.ny325.east.verizon.net [70.107.140.xxx]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  172.26.130.4
  2    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  10.36.16.21
  3     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms  10.36.16.38
  4     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms  nyj_dmr1.MYCOMPANY.com [10.36.16.181]
  5     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms  10.36.8.4
  6     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  7     *        *     10.36.8.4  reports: Destination net unreachable.

Trace complete.

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By the way, here are other connection details from my provider (in they're helpful)

Internet Address: 70.107.140.xxx
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.255
Default Gateway: 10.32.55.1
Primary Domain Name Server: 68.237.161.12
Secondary Domain Name Server: 71.242.0.12

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Yes, I've found the Verizon blocks port 80. I'm going to try port forwarding to 8080.

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OK. Now I can get to my laptop server both internally and externally. However, seems I have to be explicit about the port, i.e.,I have to include it in the url like so:   http://70.107.140.xxx:8080

It is it possible to automatically forward to the desired port, isn't it? Or does that only happen if I get a domain name and ask ZoneEdit to take care of it?
Top Expert 2007

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There is no real way to do this without specifying the port number unless you have a DNS service that will do this for you.

Dave Dietz

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Got it. Thanks for all your help!
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