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cata lin
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Hi everybody,
I would like to set up my own Internet server, at home.
I have my own machine and I would like to play from home with all the net
stuff.
Obviously, I need a IP and a domain name.
Could anyone, please, tell what else do I need ? A link to some how-to or tutorial would be greatly appreciated.
Thankx.
Marilyn de Queiroz
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San Su
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You need..
* a static IP address
* a domain name
* webserver
* Broadband internet connection
* Good firewall is a must..
Static IP: You can get a static IP address from your Broadband ISP.

DomainName :
You should register your domain name with any domain name registrars. You can register a domain for as low as 7-8$/year. I am not sure what else you should look for when you register a domain.
Webserver :
There are lots of free webserver available in the net. I have heard "Apache" webserver is good. Check it out.
If you don't have static IP and don't want to create a domain name now, you can check this site http://www.dyndns.org/ . You can get free domain names like "yourname.dyndns.org" (Check their "Dynamic DNS" service for more information on how to use this service).
Good luck..
Gregg Bolinger
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Most broad band ISP's won't allow you to run such services on their bandwidth.
If you need to host your own web site at home AND you need it viewablt to the world, you are going to pay some $$ because you will probably have to go through a telecom company like SBC and have a T1 run into your house.
If, however, you just want to do development at home on a test server and not make anything available to the world from your home, you can just setup a web server like Apache or IIS and have your local machine host the site. You would only be able to access it internally.


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Randall Twede
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ive done it absolutely free with only dial-up. i used Apache web server(free), Zone Alarm firewall(free) and a free dynamic DNS redirection service. i have gone through 3 different free sevices though because they all seem to start charging eventually.


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cata lin
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Thank you all for taking your time to reply
Cheers.
Gregg Bolinger
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Well, after reading what Randall had written, I had to do some investigation. I found a site called http://www.no-ip.com. I signed for their free service to give it a whirl. And it works like a charm.
I have SBC DSL, so I then got curious to find out what they think about people running Web Servers, FTP Servers, etc. And I found a FAQ that basically said, that one of the best features about having an always connected DSL line is the ability to run Web Servers, Mail Servers. Game Servers , etc. So in other words, they don't care.
So tomorrow, I start building my LINUX web server, ftp server, and mail server, and I can stop paying some other company money each month to host everything for me. YEAH!!!
Randall Twede
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gregg,
thanks for finding them. i think maybe ill go ahead and get my site back up too.
Randall Twede
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www.no-ip.com didnt work for me but i got on with www.dyndns.org
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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Randall Twede:
www.no-ip.com didnt work for me but i got on with www.dyndns.org
woohoo back online!
http://javaguy.kicks-ass.org

Odd, oh well. Glad you are back online. My FTP, Telnet, SSH, and RLogin are all online. I am still battling with Apache. I finally got Virtual Hosts to work right. And now I am having small problems with PHP. It's working for now, but I don't know why, and that bugs me.
Randall Twede
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its been 3 years since i set up Apache so i dont remember much. im on windows and from your mention of SSH im guessing you are using linux anyway. youll get it though. good luck!
[ September 02, 2003: Message edited by: Randall Twede ]
 
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