Hosting a web server on DSL

angad_singh

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Hi guys. I have joined this forum for getting some help. Im in a critical situation.

Im using Airtel DSL connection (128k plan) from the last 4 days. Im extremely happy with the speed they give. 16 KBps upload and 16 KBps download.

I thought of using the unutilized upload stream for some useful purpose! like hosting a web server, ftp server, and mail server.

Airtel has given me the cheap YOZAN ADSL to Ethernet Router.

The problem is that when I connect to my ip address (which I obtain from http://whatsmyip.org) from any browser, it opens up the DSL Modem's configuration page (Web Distributor II), even when my web server (apache) is running on port 80. Actually the basic theory is that the DSL modem acts as a gateway and my computer is just a LAN device with a LAN ip (192.168.1.2) and the ip of the gateway is set up as 192.168.1.1. The admin of the DSL modem should only open up by connecting to 192.168.1.1 (As in connecting to the gateway inside the LAN). So, my computer's identity to the outside world is resolved through the gateway, whenever I connect or download to/from the internet. So, when I open my ip from my browser (like 203.101.10.116) then it requests the DSL modem which it opens it's own internal firmware based web server (Web Distributor II) instead of opening mine.

I surfed the net a bit to find more about this....
Take a look at :
http://forums.dslwebserver.com/viewtopic.php?t=4196
http://forums.dslwebserver.com/viewforum.p...e3ca8c55661e3f5
http://www.dslwebserver.com/main/sbs-links...forwarding.html

People there had the same problem with better DSL modem's/routers. They say, that the workaround to the problem would be to disable the Remote Admin feature of the DSL modem, or to setup up port forwarding on port 80. Firstly, when I go to the System>Remote Access page of the stupid Web Distributor II software, it says "Please configure NAT before using this page". Secondly, there is no option of port forwarding in this admin interface.

Please help me if you know what's going on (bcoz im totally confused now!!)??
 

ultra vires

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well i know a dude, who is good at netwrkin stuff, he helped me setup my own local internet sharing without usin the crapy ICS, he maybe able to help ya out, but he doesnt come on yahoo, msn or on forums he comes in the chatroom only and u hav to wait for him, coz most of the time he is busy with one or the other thing.If ur intrested then mail me , i will tell ya how to get in touch with this guy. :)
 

angad_singh

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Thanks for the reply.You said you know a person who can help me. Well Man, I would be so so sssoooo thankful to you if you would tell me how to contact him bcoz im in a very big problem.Thanks anyway bro!!
 

angad_singh

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Well guys , problem finally solved.

Must thank the Airtel Customer Service (especially the technical dudes there, they really know everything!!!).

I got a call from Airtel regarding the email query I had sent to care.delhi@airtel-broadband.com. They are very prompt and helpful indeed.

The guy said that the LAN modem by YOZAN which contains the Web Distributor II software is really sh*t....I mean...he really did say that! He advised me to change to the USB based DSL modem for the solution to my problem as in that case my real ip address would be leased to my computer and not the modem (which happens in the LAN modem). I have also confirmed this from a friend of mine who has a USB modem. I also came to know that due to this issue in the LAN modem, I couldn't host a multiplayer game like Quake 3 Arena, or even Counter Strike!!

The only disadvantage of the USB modem over the LAN one is that the USB one can only run on a PC having Windows, as it doesn't come with a Linux or Mac driver. The second thing is that I have to dial in to my modem to start the internet service , as in not dialing a number , but it's sort of a PC to modem link that has to be established. Well, that's no prob on windows xp, as I can very well set auto dial and put the link of the dialup connction in startup, so as to have the same kind of "ALWAYS ON" internet as the LAN modem.

One more thing. The Airtel dude said that they also provided a D-Link router for business users (having any of the 512k plans). It doesn't make any difference to me. :D :D :D
 

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