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Setup IIS behind a linksys router

By wingmaster37 ·
I was hoping that someone here could help me out. I setup NT 4.0 Server at home to learn how to setup a web server. I can get to see my web server inside my own network, but my friends cannot. If anybody can help please email me or post the answer here. My email address is wingmaster37@hotmail.com. Thank you for your time and effort.

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Setup IIS behind a linksys router

by promero In reply to Setup IIS behind a linksy ...

There are many reasons why people outside of your internal network may not be able to see your server. I have a Linksys DSL/Cable router.

If this is the type of Linksys router you are using the first thing you need to verify is that your router is set to forward port 80 traffic to the internal IP address of your web server.

Next, external connections need to be made using your external IP address, not any internal IP address. If you are going to the IP and not a domain name it shouldn't matter if you are using a static or dynamic connection, as long as you know or can find our what your external IP address is you shouldn't have any trouble connecting to it.

Lastly, there is the issue of server firewall settings, but you mentioned that you could see it from within your internal network, so that should not be a problem either. Unless you can only see the website from the server itself.

Feel free to email me if you still have any questions about these or other items. promero@golden1.com

P.S. - Make sure you have all your patches updated before you fully connect to the Internet. I put an IIS server up last year and was going to patch it the day after I connected it, but before I got home the Nimbda virus was on it. Good Luck

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Setup IIS behind a linksys router

by CG IT In reply to Setup IIS behind a linksy ...

first off are some questions. Do you have a static IP address from your ISP? If not, you'll have to do one of two things. First is to register you name server with your Domain name registar or find a name service which will act as your name server for your domain name. Second is setting up your linksys router to foward port 80 to your NT server. Best practice is to assign a static IP address to your NT server and then in the port fowarding page of your linksys router setup, enable fowarding of inbound traffic on port 80 to your NT server's static IP address.

Note: if your ISP assigns a dynamic IP address to you, you'll have two options. One, every time the IP address changes, you'll have to manually update the name server with the new IP adress. If your using a 3rd party name server service like Constanttime.com, they have a utility program you download which will automatically do that.

Further, name server "Who Is" updates can take up to 3 days to propagate through out the internet so even if you have everything configured right, internet users may not be able to find your web site until "Who Is" name to IP queries is updated for your domain name. My experience has been that name server "Who Is" updates take about 4 to 6hours [that is using Constanttime.com name server service].

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Setup IIS behind a linksys router

by CG IT In reply to Setup IIS behind a linksy ...

note: your linksys router has DHCP capabilities to provide LAN computers with an IP address. To utilize port fowarding, you'll have to go to a static IP scheme for all LAN computers, assigning them an IP address, submask, default gateway [your router] and DNS [your ISP DNS servers] in the Network connections properties page.

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