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Hosting a website on home network with private IP

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Hosting a website on home network with private IP

shannah
I have a unique home network connection and would like to host a personal website on a home computer. My rural broadband connection is wireless. The ISP hops several towers on private IP space before getting to the backbone.

Home network 192.168.3.xxx issued by DHCP from my Win2003 server or can be statically assigned. Bridged to my router on the antenna, router IP 192.168.3.254. That relays to a tower 10.0.1.254 which relays to another tower which has valid internet-routable IP. So no valid routable IP is assigned to my router.

I have connected to my work VPN which assigns a valid Internet routable IP to my computer. I assign that IP to my web server and the website is accessible to the world.

I am looking for a hosting service that could provide me with a static real-world accessible IP and route that IP to my home PC, allowing me to tunnel through the multiple layers of NAT from my ISP.

Does anyone know of a service that could do that? Or any other suggestions of how this could be accomplished? I do not have access to my wireless router and it would do no good anyway since it also has a private IP.
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    Churdoo

    Seems like your own ISP would be the best place to start. I'm sure you already have asked, but if they do control the connections, then they should be able to NAT or Route a pub IP to you. You can pay them or you can pay someone else, but the only way a third-party provider would be able to provide this would be through a VPN tunnel much like you've already tested through work.

    I don't know of any suppliers that provide this service because as you said, it is a bit of a unique situation, so would require a specialized vendor which of course also means a specialized price.

    So having said all that, and not to re-engineer your solution or point out the obvious, but wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to get a web host and upload your site to a standard web hosting account? Even if you have to do some work to your site to get it to run on a hosted farm, I think you'll have an easier time finding a host for your site than to find an ISP that will route a pub IP through a VPN.

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    shannah

    Thanks Churdoo. I agree with you - I have searched for hours for hosted VPN services and none I found do what I want. My ISP said they were not interested in routing a public IP to me. The reason I want to host on my own servers is that I "play" with several technologies - .asp and .php, home grown and open source, on Windows and Linux. I have one prototype running on SQL 2005 and another on MySQL. I should probably settle on one or the other technology and concede.

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    underdog966

    Will your ISP let you set up a name server to answer up to your URL's and forward the traffic to your internal IP's?

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    shannah

    Hi Underdog,

    I wish my ISP would. The kind word was they were not going to make any special configurations. I can understand - I share limited bandwidth with about 25 users off "my" tower. Living in a remote rural area, I am simply tickled to have broadband (2 Mb up/down) without satellite latency so I won't push it.

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    Churdoo

    Seems like your own ISP would be the best place to start. I'm sure you already have asked, but if they do control the connections, then they should be able to NAT or Route a pub IP to you. You can pay them or you can pay someone else, but the only way a third-party provider would be able to provide this would be through a VPN tunnel much like you've already tested through work.

    I don't know of any suppliers that provide this service because as you said, it is a bit of a unique situation, so would require a specialized vendor which of course also means a specialized price.

    So having said all that, and not to re-engineer your solution or point out the obvious, but wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to get a web host and upload your site to a standard web hosting account? Even if you have to do some work to your site to get it to run on a hosted farm, I think you'll have an easier time finding a host for your site than to find an ISP that will route a pub IP through a VPN.

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    shannah

    Thanks Churdoo. I agree with you - I have searched for hours for hosted VPN services and none I found do what I want. My ISP said they were not interested in routing a public IP to me. The reason I want to host on my own servers is that I "play" with several technologies - .asp and .php, home grown and open source, on Windows and Linux. I have one prototype running on SQL 2005 and another on MySQL. I should probably settle on one or the other technology and concede.

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    underdog966

    Will your ISP let you set up a name server to answer up to your URL's and forward the traffic to your internal IP's?

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    shannah

    Hi Underdog,

    I wish my ISP would. The kind word was they were not going to make any special configurations. I can understand - I share limited bandwidth with about 25 users off "my" tower. Living in a remote rural area, I am simply tickled to have broadband (2 Mb up/down) without satellite latency so I won't push it.