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Unable to access my personal webserver from any remote location.

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Last Modified: 2011-09-20

I wanted to run my own webserver for learning purpose on a dynamic connection. I bought the DDNS service from DYNDNS.ORG and then pointed my domain's name servers to DYNDNS.ORG as it was instructed. I configured my router's firewall and installed the web server onto my windows XP PRO. I uploaded the test page within C:\Inetpub\wwwroot.

I configured the webserver and restarted it. When I open the browser and type in my domain name "http://www.yyyy.com", I am able to view the test pages. To make sure my port is working instaed of domain name, I called up the test page by my WAN IP address (, and it works as well. So pretty much I am able to view the test page from my end.


When I try to view the test page from any other remote location, browser shows as if it is loading the pge, but the status bar at the bottom shows "DONE" but page never loads up. And the browser stays at whatever is being displayed. I tried the IP ADDRESS as well and same thing happens yet am unable to view the test page. I am able the ping my domain which shows my WAN IP address. I am able to remote admin my router from remote locations and my FTP server (when running) is accessible. I have thought of all the possible obstacles and cannot resolve this issue.

I would highly appreciate any help in this matter.

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Pete LongTechnical Architect
Distinguished Expert 2019

are you sure thats your IP address??

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\PeteLong>nslookup
Server:  cache1.ntli.net

*** cache1.ntli.net can't find Non-existent domain

what does http://www.whatsmyip.org/ tell you
Pete LongTechnical Architect
Distinguished Expert 2019

are you the DoD Network Information Center in Ohio?
try putting the webpage on another port other than 80. the local isp might block 80 on dynamic IPs. configure portforwarding for that port as well on your router. and configure it in the dyndns config.

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Check the port redirect settings within your router and make sure that port 80 is pointing to your Windows XP Pc.  

Any luck resolving this?

Try: http://www.whatismyip.org/ to find out your 'real' IP as the one you are showing may be masked.

~ Nerd


This may also be the reason why you can only access it from your computer. Your computer will only know your IP and recognise the masked one. This is usually the problem when it comes to personal webservers.

if you can remote admin your router what port is it on? make sure it;s not on port 80 otherwise it will be accepting the web requests and not your web server.
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