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How to use my home computer to serve videos to my web site

OK, I have a legit website. Because of limited space on the hosted sites computer, I only have the markup files loaded there. The music videos are on my machine here at my house. Supposedly, my SP is not blocking anything. Verizon if it helps.

I have a linksys router connected directly to them and is forwarding all requests to my server. The machine is a stand alone computer since I read that cross domain may be an issue. I am using the free flowplayer. Videos are in .flv, mp4, mpeg, m4v format. The ones supported by flowplayer.

I had this at one point working perfect at my house using IIS on a test domain with 2003 servers. Couldnt get it to load in IE but thats a separate html5 issue.

What else could I add? My server is in the dmz, and firewall is off. They play locally so what could be blocking them. Get the old file not found. But I can browse to and play them.

Should I try and move 1 file up to my hosted site? Connect directly to the SP from my house, no linksys? Im at a lose here.

Is it possible to share from my house? Has to be... TIA
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Dave Baldwin

8/22/2022 - Mon
Dave Baldwin

No, it doesn't have to be.  ISPs generally don't want you do that and they usually block port 80, the port for serving web pages, from the outside.  In addition, you will usually not have a very fast upload speed with a residential account.  If you really want to do this, you should spring for better hosting and put it all on your website.

Thanks dave for quick response.. Just uploaded a test video to hosting server and it worked. Agree with what you say, it would cost more to leave my machines running?? than maybe to just pay for all the hosting. But still, I should if I wanted and I will call again my SP, host the videos from here. Going to slice up one of my videos and see if that works. 10 meg limit on uploads...
Dave Baldwin

Shields Up! https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 will tell you whether port 80 is blocked or not.  I have many computers here with web servers and I would never consider using them to host a site on the public internet.  Security problems is the first reason and speed is the second.  The web hosting I use has 10Gigabit connections and my upload speed is 1.5Mbps at best.
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From what I can tell, 80 is not blocked, but I will call to make sure. And it was 10 megs on how big the file was for uploading, not speed. Any suggestions on hosting? I can move my site for free but...

Thanks again..
Dave Baldwin

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Thanks for your help, set up a site on go daddy for like 100 a year. seems like a good price. 150 gigs and 10 bucks for whois secrecy
Dave Baldwin

Thanks for the points.  I never pay for whois secrecy or 'private registration'.  Makes it seem like you are hiding.
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^ Dave, I got a soft offer to buy a domain...told them I wasn't selling.  Followed up by threats of lawsuits unless I surrendered.  Glad I had the privacy and a separate email account.  I have better things to do than deal with irate people who have no clue...but who have my home address.

For legit purposes, the anonymized contact works just fine.  I get email.  I respond.  For business registrations, I use a role and business address.  For personal stuff, there's no justifiable reason to publish my home address, telephone number, email address.  Those registrar databases have been scraped, and continue to be scraped by scammers and spammers.

I still get junk (postal) mail from scammers selling fake domain services that rack up charges for advertising and marketing.  The privacy service just throws them out, and only responds to legit requests for info.  Which, so far, has been zero for the last decade.  Kinda tells you who is using that domain contact info.
Dave Baldwin

Sorry you had that problem.  But in 8 years, all I ever get is a snail mail once every couple of years wanting to 'renew' my domain name at a much higher price.  For people who have a licensed and listed business, the 'private registration' is a scam because their business info is listed too many other places as required by law.  To even send bulk email like newsletter, the law says you have to give a physical address... even though many people don't.

For active domains, business use, I use a real physical address with a role title and role email address.

For inactive domains, businesses can still use private registration to keep ownership, but not advertise who is holding the domain.  For marketing or future business plans, it beneficial to keep some things private.  You retain full control without having to resort to a 3rd-party holding it for you.  For a handful of domains, it's cheaper than creating a new business entity.

If Apple buys iAnything.com, there will be droves of copycats before there is an actual product.

I thought the O.P. was a hobbyist or home-office using home computer for serving files, not for UCE or mailing activities.
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Dave Baldwin

I don't know what his 'status' is.  He has signed up for shared hosting because it was not practical to try to serve video files from his home server.  I don't know whether he has a business or not.  

I just tend to say no to almost all attempts to sell me a service that I don't think is needed.  But then, I'm not holding on to any domains that anyone would want so I wouldn't have the problems that you might.