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How can I get around dynamic public IP address of my home's ISP when setting up a server?

I'm setting up a server at my house just to play around with... just because I get all sorts of cool MS software to play around with... I'd like to setup a low end server with HyperV/VMWare/VIron, exchange, sharepoint, etc...

I'd also like to be able to access these services remotely just like I would at my workplace.

Problem is I'm on a typical residential comcast cable connection with the dynamically assigned single IP.

I know for a business class connection they'll give you a single static IP and assign you a block of 5 or so static addresses request.

Do you think I can convince comcast to give me a block of static addresses without jacking up my rates? I won't actually be hosting anything for anyone... just messing around with it for fun.

Otherwise what's my next best option? I've seen some routers that can be set to broadcast their newly assigned addresses to a redirect service like dyndns.org so for example I could have mail.threxx.com pointed to threxxmail.dyndns.org and dyndns.org would be made aware by my router every couple months when my IP address was reassigned.

But even then I'm only working with a single IP address... so as far as I know I could only setup NAT on my router to one service unless dyndns allows specifying of connection type/port?

Anybody know a way around this without just building an internal menu page on my server that points to the various services?

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Thanks.  I should have clarified though... my concern is, for example, multiple services on different virtual servers using the same port.  What would my router do, then?
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Unfortunately not. The only way to handle that particular issue is with Multiple IP addresses unless you can move the services onto other ports, but I assume that would not help your cause.

Your next stiep is your ISP (Comcast)
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Agree with BBRazz... best to contact your ISP... also I'm not sure how strict ComCast is with their EULA. Last ISP I worked for was fairly strict with servers on residential accounts.

If you have the ports open and the system acting as a server -- they may say you need a business level service.

Best to talk to the ISP, if you're thinking of allowing access (even for yourself) over the Internet...

If you do your own DNS, you might be able to use your LAN side for playing...

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