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Configuring Windows Home Server on Verizon around blocked ports

Posted on 2008-10-31
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Hello I recently took the windows home server and installed in on an older emachine and it runs fine but I have verizon and they block port 80(HTTP)  and 443(HTTPS) so I used this info to try and change the ports (http://www.myhomeserver.com/?page_id=23) I changed them to 1024(HTTP) and 4443(HTTPS) but I still cant access them from outside. If anyone can help that would be awsome please and thank you.
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by:andrew_aj1
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Do you have the ports forwarded to your device on your router?
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by:dtlg90vt
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Yes i even used DMZ to my servers address its and incoming isp port block i believe
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by:andrew_aj1
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How are you trying to access it? What address? Are you putting the port number after?
ex. (random made-up ip) http://12.15.5.2:1024 or https://12.15.5.2:4443
 
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by:dtlg90vt
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the way i have been reading to do it is
Https://12.15.5.2:4443/home
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Http://12.15.5.2:1024/home
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by:dtlg90vt
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1024 corresponds with my http port and 4443 corresponds with my https port but i can do it using a local ip like 192.168.2.148
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by:andrew_aj1
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That is correct. You can try using a different port again. 8080 is a common alternative port for 80. Also double check your router settings to make sure that traffic like this is not being blocked somehow. Also do you have some internet security software installed on WHS that may block outside traffic, but allow internet traffic?
Good luck.
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by:dtlg90vt
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only firewall is windows firewall but i port it everytime i try a different port but could it be that verizon blocks all incoming ports ?
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by:andrew_aj1
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They cannot block every incoming port or you would not have any 2-way communications - how could you receive a instant message or information from a website?
What router do you have? Did you try port 8080?
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by:dtlg90vt
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im trying port 8080 right now also something weird it seems as if my wan ip has changed???? yeah i thought blocking all incoming sounded weird to but i saw in online some where
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by:andrew_aj1
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If your router support dynamic DNS you should try that instead of using an ip. Try with your new ip first. You can also install a DDNS service on your WHS if your router does not support it. Check this out:
http://www.dyndns.com/
 
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by:dtlg90vt
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yeah i saw something about that but i dont understand how this works
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by:andrew_aj1
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You sign up for the service - there are free and paid versions. I have always used the free versions and it has worked fine. You then configure your router (if supported) or desktop client to send your external ip to that service at x minute intervals. You will then have an address like http://dtlg90vt.dyndns.org that will be pointing to your current ip address.
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by:dtlg90vt
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which one of the my services do i use on that website?
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by:andrew_aj1
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You need the dynamic DNS service - which is free.
http://www.dyndns.com/services/dns/dyndns/
 
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by:dtlg90vt
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ok i set that up and then what should it just work or do i just set my ports back to normal 80 and 443 or do i keep them the way they were after the tutorial i used at the top? i used the port checker dyndns.com provides and it says that port 8080 is open but port 4443 is blocked
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by:andrew_aj1
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Just use 8080 and set a different port for https. Now you should be able to access your information through your ddns name and port numbers you setup. Now no matter what your ip changes you should be able to access your information.
Good luck.
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by:dtlg90vt
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i'v done all this and its still not working 8080 and 4443 were both open ports after i checked them with dyndns.com but it wasnt actually working
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Don't use DDNS right now for testing, i would use your ip address. I just mentioned it because you stated your ip changed. since you say its not working still i would suspect more of a router or firewall issue. Make sure all your firewalls are disabled and make sure your ports are forwarded correctly.
Good luck.
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by:dtlg90vt
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ok im going to try and bypass the router, by the way im have dd-wrt on my router if you are farmiliar with that its  alternate firmware with much more options. so im going to undo what i did with dyndns.com and i changed the ports back to normal because in the windows home server console when you change the ports from the default ones it fails the router and domain name tests
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by:Andres Perales
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you have to leave the ports alone on your home server, the port forward happens at your router.
So Home server you do not change anything and it has a static ip address of 192.168.XXX.10 (that as an example).
On the router you have your outside address as you described about with the 24.xx.xx.xx address and the inside of course is 192.168.xxx.1 that is your gateway, routers do NAT or Network address translation so anyone inputting your outside address 24.xx.xx.xx would then be forwarded to you home server ip address. 192.168.xx.10 but you want to do a port forward so when someone enters your outside address of 24.xx.xx.xx:8080 you tell your router to pass that to 192.168.xx.10 on port 80.
hope that makes sense!
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