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How can I test my locally hosted website remotely bypassing the local DNS

Hi,

How can I test my locally hosted website remotely bypassing the local DNS,
eg I want to set up a workstation so it goes directly to my router, out to the internet and
displays the website as if somebody else is viewing it
I have an SBS 2007 setup, with the server on 192.x.x.4 and the router on 192.x.x.5
Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you
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Josef1911
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Josef1911Author Commented:
Thank you
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ChiefoftheChissCommented:
Extremely easy way would be to use your smartphone (tether if possible for best results).
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Josef1911Author Commented:
Thank you, but I am in mobile no service area ... my internet connection is via microwave link ...

but thank you again
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ChiefoftheChissCommented:
You can statically assign dns to your network connection and browse to the FQDN of your website which should make it out of your network and then come back in
http://www.hotcomm.com/faq/faq_staticipxp.asp (under Assign the IP address)

or use the Public IP address of your internet connection in your browser instead of the 192.168.x.5

(the above may not work depending on your router) another option would be to use an in-browser proxy

I have no experience with this one but it looks ok and didn't immediately try to infect my computer
http://www.eatmybrowser.com/
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Josef1911Author Commented:
Thank you ChiefoftheChiss,

I have done this before, but my website (SBS RWW) does not open, nor can I put in an IP as an URL
as the URL is https://remote.mydomain.com.au/remote
I tried eatmybrowser it works but very slowly.
I probably need somebody with SBS 2007 expericence to help me....

But thank you very much for your assistance

Thanks
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi,

Probably the easiest option would be to use a proxy server.

Maybe something like this one (I haven't used it myself):

http://www.freewebproxy.net/


HTH,

Alan.
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Kerem ERSOYPresidentCommented:
Hi,

Since you are inside and you want to check your website from outside the bust suggestion for you would be using a WebProxy service. You can go either with a free proxy service. But free services are not reliable and not guarantee you anything let alone that they go offline all the time and most free proxies allow you only to get connected fro some while and disconnect you after a predefined duration or traffic limit reached. Furthermore some proxies even create custom frames and show advertisement in newly created frames.

Another method is to procure a service from a vpn/proxy provider these are reliable and you can even select where would your traffic actually connect to internet such as europe, USA etc.

You can buy this service at a minimal cost. Even some of them have trial packages so that they guarantee you a money back in 7 days.

Let me know which of these options are you interested and I'll suggest you further.

Cheers,
K.
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Josef1911Author Commented:
KeremE,

yes I am interested, I thank you very much
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Josef1911Author Commented:
KeremE,

sorry forgot in both of the suggestions
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Josef,

If you just want to check it once, just use a free proxy.  If the one you try is down, then use another - there are thousands out there.

I've done this for years, and just google for one each time.  No need to sign up and pay for one unless there is some good reason.

Did you try the one I suggested above?  Did your website display okay?

Alan.

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Josef1911Author Commented:
Thank you Alan3285,
yes it displayed, but I could not do any further tests...

Is this normal?

Thanks
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi Josef,

What tests?

Your OP said you wanted to 'test your locally hosted website remotely bypassing the local DNS and displays the website as if somebody else is viewing it.'

What you are seeing should be what somebody else sees when viewing it.

Alan.
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Josef1911Author Commented:
Hi Alan,

just clicking a button and getting to the next page....

Thanks

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Kerem ERSOYPresidentCommented:
Here are some shared VPN services:

http://www.worldvpn.net/
http://www.vpnuk.net/

The mnthl cost will be 4-6 USD of course you can cancel anytime you want.

I am not sure your only consideration is DNS bypass. There can be several settings that would prevent you to get the web page as you would do from internet even if you bypass the DNS.

so you should use either Proxy or VPN service. IT is up to you to cheese between free or paid. As I've told you most free proxies that I've come across with searching through Google search "Open Proxy"   terms were not stable or durable connections and most of the time tey were down or in some other instants they were supplied by some research firms of traffic patterns and even some of them were adding extra frames to display advertisements. So if you want to be on the safe side you'd better use a commercial one it costs just 4-5 USD.

Cheers,
K.
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Josef1911Author Commented:
Thank you very much KeremE.
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Josef1911Author Commented:
Hi all,

thank you very much I got it working...

Thanks for all the help
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