Need help setting up private local web-site behind a consumer network
Posted on 2009-04-27
I'm configuring a content management system for my house-hold, using simple, cheap, consumer-level equipment. I've decided against using Linux distro, as I'm not fully comfortable installing plug-ins and modules for it, and my WAMP set ups have always worked flawlessly.
I don't even know if what I'm attempting can be done, and I'm no expert when it comes to networking. I've got a Linksys WRT54G wireless router, no firewall, no software firewalls, and basically five computers, one I'm dedicating as a server running Win XP Pro SP3 and Apache (included in WAMP) as a service. I want to be able to plug-in either the IP address, or, much sexier, a local alias, and have Apache serve me my Drupal CMS from any of the other four computers within the network.
Right now I've got my router statically assigning my server 192.168.1.11, which the TCP/IP is also set to on the server. The other computers are using DHCP. I should say that I've got FileZilla Server running fine on the server, as well as Remote Desktop responding nicely. No problems there. However, when I try to type simply 192.168.1.11 into a browser, I am greeted with 403 Forbidden. Now, I would think it would 404 in a case where I'm getting absolutely nowhere, but a 403 gives me hope that it's merely a permissions issue that I don't have figured out.
I've looked up web-sites already and I think I'm stumped from here. I'm not trying to use this outside of my home network, either (not yet, anyway), just a way to have a mutual sharing grounds for my wife and I to work together on the same projects.
Also, the server and the workstations are all wireless. I want to maintain the flexibility of being able to bury this machine in a closet and not run cables to it. That's very important. Thanks in advance for you help. I'm sure you all can knock this out quick, unlike my other, more difficult challenges.