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Jesus Angeles
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I already have a domain name. The websphere server is up in my pc. The web application running on the server. The domain pointed to my ip address already. Winxp firewall disabled; mcafee firewall enabled, but allowed incoming attempts at port 80.

But I am unable to access the website outside my pc (on another pc, via internet). It is accessible inside my pc using the domain name.

Any idea will be appreciated.

Why am I still unable to connect via internet to my server from outside of my pc?
Jan Cumps

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Do you have a router or a modem only between your pc and the internet?

I'm asking this because on my router I need to perform special configuration. From my router's instructions:
Virtual Server

You can configure the router as a virtual server so that remote users accessing services such as the Web or FTP at your local site via public IP addresses can be automatically redirected to local servers configured with private IP addresses. In other words, depending on the requested service (TCP/UDP port number), the router redirects the external service request to the appropriate server (located at another internal IP address). This tool can support both port ranges, multiple ports, and combinations of the two.

For example:

Port Ranges: ex. 100-150
Multiple Ports: ex. 25,110,80
Combination: ex. 25-100,80
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Jesus Angeles
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It is direct to the modem. No router.

In addition, my ip address is dynamic. I will take care of it later by using static ip address solutions. I am testing it while the ip address is consistent, but still unable to connect.

I called my isp and they said they have no problem with customers using that subscription in serving own websites at home; so I assume that they are not like stopping it or something like that.
Jesus Angeles
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I tried quickly now without firewall, and also cannot access the application from outside.
Rahul Bhattacharjee
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You need to have a static IP and have to register it with a DNS.
You can contact your service provided for a static IP and DNS registration.

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Chad Clites
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If you try to directly access your system using your IP number, what happens? What error messages are you getting? It is a bit hard to guess what the problem may be without that. Your web-server may be not be configured correctly, your IP may really not allow you to host (in spite of what you were told), etc.

I am assuming that websphere also has some kind of logs that will help narrow down the problem. If there is a configuration error, then it should show up in the logs. IF there are no error messages in the log, then you are likely not even hitting the server.But really at this point, it could be anything.
Jesus Angeles
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I learned about trace routing. Tracert at dos prompt. at dos prompt, simply put tracert, space, and url you want to check.

after 3 hops, i got a timeout, on the traceroute to my web application.

any idea on this timeout?
Jesus Angeles
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Sorry for the trouble.

The customer service people said that they allow me to surf only. I cannot host a server on that line.

It took them one week to tell me that. The whole week they say it is ok with them.


If we want to serve our own website/server at our own pc, are there such isp that would allow it? Or are we limited to, as small-size business people, to pay a web host, where they own the server, and we just ftp our applications?
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