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I am trying to run a webserver on a newly installed debian machine, in between my machine and the Internet I have a router. The router has/does dhcp, and also can take incoming requests on certain ports and forward them specified IP addresses on the local network. All sounds good and seems to be fairly standard stuff. The router can only forward stuff to ip addresses (and not named machines), so I need to give the debian machine a static ip address.
I've found a way to do that, but once I change the ip address and make it static, the debian machine is no longer connected to the router (or the internet at all).
ok, so you have to give the debian box an ip address in the same series as the router. for example, 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2
notice the zero in bold? 192.168 was set aside for private networks by the head honchos of tcp/ip. you can change the third number for multiple networks, but for simplicity's sake just pretend that home networks are 192.168.0.something.
the router should have two cards... one to connect to the internet and one to connect to you, right?
you need to find out what ip address on the you side is... I would guess 192.168.0.1, therefore you should set the debian box to 188.8.131.52 (not only 2, just something bigger than 1)
hope this helps. there are a lot of good articles on networking, google them! also search LQ (did you see the search button?) because this has been discussed before...