Elitch

web hosting from home

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I'm re-teaching myself html code and wanted to turn my old laptop into a web server for testing/hosting purposes. Is it possible to host from my own den? I don't have a static ip, but do have 24000.1500 dsl. i know i can use it as a server on my intrawebnetwork, but want to see how it goes on the global interweb. cheers

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It should be noted that you may also need to forward port 80 to your server depending on your router.

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It's always possible to host a webserver on the weakest of connections. What you should ask yourself is whether or not it's actually worth it. For security reasons, I would recommend looking up a redirect like dyndns or whatever it's current project name is, just to obfuscate your computer's physical location. One thing to keep in mind is whether the bandwidth limit would be prohibitively exceeded by requests. A DSL line is not a whole lot of bandwidth, and even broadband cable is hardly sufficient. If you're looking for a web host, there are probably dozens of people on this board who would be willing to help you out.

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Running a server from home is absolutely possible, and actually quite easy. You'll just need to configure your router to put your server machine in the DMZ.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demilitarized...%28computing%29

As for the IP address thing, use grab a free account at DynDNS.com

If you'd like, use their update client to automatically update your IP if it changes (you said it's not static.)

http://www.dyndns.com/support/clients/

As for the server, if you're running Windows (at this point I'm assuming you are) you should check out the Reactor server project. It's quite nice and very easy to set up. Not super fancy by default, and it's definitely noob-friendly, but it's a quick and easy way to get something going.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/reactorsrv/

Although running a web server from your home connection is most likely against your TOS, chances are pretty good that you'll be fine. It's not likely to be discovered, and if it is, you'll probably just get a phone call about it (at which point you can just play the 'oh I'm so sorry, I didn't know' card.

I work for an ISP, and this sort of thing does happen, but very rarely. Most ISP's don't have any idea what kind of traffic you have running to/from your network. If they notice a consistent heavy upstream, they may then have a look further into what services you may be running.

As long as you're not serving up child porn or using some insane amount of your bandwidth, you'll be totally fine (probably).

Good luck :)

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Cheers folks. It's nice to have a forum for n00b questions. I've got windoze on the machine right now, but am going to see what ubuntu looks like. I'm mostly new to linux (dual boot xp/openSuse). I'm gonna use it to serve up personal content for family, maybe set up a bbs. I might just put it in the dmz and watch you all pwn it. The connection here (Australia) has 1.5mb upstream and I don't pay for the bandwidth.

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