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#1 nyphonejacks

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:04 PM

I have something that I am trying to accomplish..

Recently my wife dropped the boost from my cable internet account.. the boost allowed faster speeds, and also allowed port 80 to be opened up..

now my port 80 is closed, i finally am getting around to trying to set up the server at home that i wanted to do since I registered my extra domain name. the cable account is in her name, and she is not around, she was supposed to be in canada, but apparently she is currently in WI somewhere, so i can not just get the boost put back on.

i am trying to find a FREE dynamic DNS provider that I can point my current domain to - I guess using CNAM, that will also redirect traffic from the standard port 80 to some other port that I am going to have to test to ensure is open on my home internet connection.

When I get that far, then perhaps someone can help me figure out the best way to set up the server such as what software, etc. Basically I want it to be a private server, where I would be able to log into my PC to stream my audio/video collection from anywhere.. perhaps other stuff, but mostly for remote access to my media from android devices and PCs..

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:49 PM

What you describe sounds like dyndns's webhop feature,
http://dyn.com/dns/webhop/

Although probably lot of other dns provider offer something similar.

Or you could just set your sever up to listen on port xyz, eg 80080, and then type for eg http://myhost.mydyna...ider.com:80080/ to access it. Non standard port is part of http:// ftp etc protocols.
Or you could establish a ssh connection and do a real ptp vpn. You can do that over non standard ports too, ssh just takes a -p flag on the connection string to specify.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:56 PM

What you describe sounds like dyndns's webhop feature,
http://dyn.com/dns/webhop/

Although probably lot of other dns provider offer something similar.

Or you could just set your sever up to listen on port xyz, eg 80080, and then type for eg http://myhost.mydyna...ider.com:80080/ to access it. Non standard port is part of http:// ftp etc protocols.
Or you could establish a ssh connection and do a real ptp vpn. You can do that over non standard ports too, ssh just takes a -p flag on the connection string to specify.


i know the whole add the colon with the port number at the end of the web address trick.. that would be fine if I was only looking for access myself, but if i was looking for access just for myself, i would probably not even bother with the domain name and just use teamviewer to access the system when i did not have physical access to it.. .shit i could even use a teamviewer app on my android phone to get access to the system...

what i am wanting to to really is host my movie library which is nearly 600 movies, audio, and photographs on a password protected area of the server... but i probably want to have some publicly accessible content.. and i think just having a straight domain name to the server is the easiest thing for less technical people..

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 04:53 AM

Regarding software choices, I've used mythTV and mythweb for similar in the past however I read somewhere that the functionality to stream recorded content via a web server using flash is being built into mythTV now.

http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MythWeb

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:07 PM


What you describe sounds like dyndns's webhop feature,
http://dyn.com/dns/webhop/

Although probably lot of other dns provider offer something similar.

Or you could just set your sever up to listen on port xyz, eg 80080, and then type for eg http://myhost.mydyna...ider.com:80080/ to access it. Non standard port is part of http:// ftp etc protocols.
Or you could establish a ssh connection and do a real ptp vpn. You can do that over non standard ports too, ssh just takes a -p flag on the connection string to specify.


i know the whole add the colon with the port number at the end of the web address trick.. that would be fine if I was only looking for access myself, but if i was looking for access just for myself, i would probably not even bother with the domain name and just use teamviewer to access the system when i did not have physical access to it.. .shit i could even use a teamviewer app on my android phone to get access to the system...

what i am wanting to to really is host my movie library which is nearly 600 movies, audio, and photographs on a password protected area of the server... but i probably want to have some publicly accessible content.. and i think just having a straight domain name to the server is the easiest thing for less technical people..

In which case webhop as above is your friend.

Myth to a remote frontend, I personally welcome our new lagmonster overlords when that happens. Especially to stuff captured from a dvb card. Some of the euro providers set their bitrates at full on HD by default...

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:40 PM



What you describe sounds like dyndns's webhop feature,
http://dyn.com/dns/webhop/

Although probably lot of other dns provider offer something similar.

Or you could just set your sever up to listen on port xyz, eg 80080, and then type for eg http://myhost.mydyna...ider.com:80080/ to access it. Non standard port is part of http:// ftp etc protocols.
Or you could establish a ssh connection and do a real ptp vpn. You can do that over non standard ports too, ssh just takes a -p flag on the connection string to specify.


i know the whole add the colon with the port number at the end of the web address trick.. that would be fine if I was only looking for access myself, but if i was looking for access just for myself, i would probably not even bother with the domain name and just use teamviewer to access the system when i did not have physical access to it.. .shit i could even use a teamviewer app on my android phone to get access to the system...

what i am wanting to to really is host my movie library which is nearly 600 movies, audio, and photographs on a password protected area of the server... but i probably want to have some publicly accessible content.. and i think just having a straight domain name to the server is the easiest thing for less technical people..

In which case webhop as above is your friend.

Myth to a remote frontend, I personally welcome our new lagmonster overlords when that happens. Especially to stuff captured from a dvb card. Some of the euro providers set their bitrates at full on HD by default...



set up a server last night with IIS just pointing to the directory of where all my media files are, and got a no-ip.com dynamic DNS account...
i probably am not going to leave it like this, but i just wanted to get something running so i could easily access my files with out needing to install teamviewer, or some other remote software on a system just to get to my files... no-ip.com does provide port redirects, so it will redirect to my server on port 8080 -

however i just noticed that while i can ping the IP address that my no-ip address says is my IP, my site is currently not there.. it was working when i tested it last night...

i can only come up with 3 reasons, which i will not know until i get home...

1. they finally shut my cable (bill is late) - they usually do a walled garden type thing, so i probably would see the IP on the net, but probablly would not have access to it...

2. they shut off access to the port that i am using port 8080, although port 80 was also open last night when i was testing it..

3. the IP address changed, someone else was given that IP address, and the software never updated no-ip's servers with my new IP address...

ok, i thought of another one... the PC could have gone to sleep or something, not sure if i set the power saving setting on the PC up... although i normally leave them off - this PC was sitting for quite a while with out me using it, so i do not remember all of the settings..

there is also a hard drive that the BIOS notices, but i do not currently have access to so i will have to see what that is about... I have 6 drives in this beast, 2 SATA and 4 IDE (my computer shows 6 drives, but one is the recovery partition so it is not really one of the physical drives in there)

Edited by nyphonejacks, 25 January 2012 - 09:43 PM.





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