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Joe Ess
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I have a DSL line with a static IP. It's great for my use. I back up work, keep reference documents and sample code handy as well as a Tomcat instance for trying new things and so on. Unfortunately, my less-technically inclined family members can't remember the simple IP address to bring up my web site filled with family photos and such.
I'd like to register a domain but my ISP would charge $10/month for DNS service. Has anyone used a free DNS like ZoneEdit to connect-the-dots between a registrar and an IP? How'd that work out?


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Mohan Panigrahi
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I have used dyndns.com where they provide you a name for your ip address.
I did not have the static IP as you have, so I had installed another piece of software which will sync up my ip (by polling if it has changed), with dyndns.com

The only caveat is that the domain names would be of free domain types like abc.no-ip.org or abc.is-a-geek.org etc.

To use such services you would need to do the following

1. Create a free account with service provider.
2. Choose which free domain would you like
3. Provide the IP address which you would like to be mapped with the name you just created.
4. Download some client software which will sync up your account with service provider with the latest ip address [This is when you do not have static ip]

Hope it helps.
Neerav Narielwala
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Free DNS service what you're looking for
- ZoneEdit.com is a simple, web-based domain manager which allows you OR your clients to SAFELY administrate DNS
www.zoneedit.com/


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Nicholas Jordan
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Originally posted by Joe Ess:
[QB] .... as posted ....[QB]

I saw a decent server at the house (non-commercial) staying up for years with responsive dns lookup from dnsalias.org

For commercial, we hired a commercial server - but for IRC and many things along the nature of exchanging files with friends and so on it was excellent.

You put your name on ther front of the above server name and there is some sort of mapping that is apparently informed and effective.


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Nurat Lamos
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Is it possible to run a website on home pc if it's connected
through a wireless router to a cable modem?

I want to connect to my laptop that I use at home. I use wireless at home.
Is it possible to connect to the laptop from the internet?
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Nurat Lamos
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It worked.
I just had to enable port forwarding on my router.
Thanks!
Guy Allard
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Joe - I'd guess that most of your family and less technical friends are running Windows of some sort, yes?

Unless you have a very large family, just tell each one how to set up a shortcut on the desktop that opens your site. Setup is one time. They need not remember anything after that.

You can do the same if they run a *nix system.

Would this work for you?

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Joe Ess
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Originally posted by Guy Allard:

Would this work for you?


Under ordinary circumstances, yes, but I'm thinking ahead for things like birth announcements where putting instructions to add a bookmark to ie would clutter up the bundle of joy.
Tracy Nelson
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Originally posted by Guy Allard:
tell each one how to set up a shortcut on the desktop that opens your site.


Or maybe write a batch file to stick an entry in their HOSTS file. This would work even if some of them run some flavor of Unix (with a shell script, obviously).


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Joe Ess
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Originally posted by Tracy Nelson:

Or maybe write a batch file to stick an entry in their HOSTS file. This would work even if some of them run some flavor of Unix (with a shell script, obviously).


Same as my answer to Guy. Not really the thing you want to attach to invitations.
Frank Carver
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Surely in the announcement/invitation case you could just send out an ip-address-based URL for folks to click on. You shouldn't need a domain name in this case at all.

As an aside. I happily use dyndns for my system at home.


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Joe Ess
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
Surely in the announcement/invitation case you could just send out an ip-address-based URL for folks to click on. You shouldn't need a domain name in this case at all.

Certainly, if the announcements were email (we usually use snail mail for such things) and some spam filters didn't bounce emails with IP addresses, as is the case with several of my friends.

Originally posted by Frank Carver:

As an aside. I happily use dyndns for my system at home.


Thanks for the feedback.
D Rog
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In this case you can use just tinyurl to map IP based address to some text based. I use some free DNS service for many years, unfortunately I lost its name and login information. Hopefully my IP didn't change since.


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