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I want to host an FTP site at my house with residential DSL on one of my Slack boxes for streaming mp3s and hosting web pages. I was told I would need a static IP address for this. Is that the only way-could I use IP masquerading?
you dont need a static ip. i used to do this (on a windows machine, but same concept) with a dynamic ip address. in my router there is a setting for DDNS (dynamic dns). so i made a (free) account on dyndns.org and used that hostname so that people could access the resource via the fqdn, rather than the ip address--even though it was dynamic and changed frequently.
Check, maybe dyndns.org offers dynamic ip client for linux (there are some for windows) which automatically connects to dyndns and updates the information, when your ip changes. Off course, if your ip does not change very often you can do it manually.
You don't need your router to do dynamic dns naming. Just setup a free account at www.no-ip.org. Then add a host and select an unused hostname. People from the outside can then access your home network/server using that hostname. To keep it current, click on downloads and get the software which runs in the background on your computer, notifying no-ip.org's DNS servers whenever your ip changes. Be sure to setup port-forwarding on your router, to forward incoming connections from the Internet to the appropriate server on your network.
Hope that helps. If you need more details let me know.
Going side with WindowBreaker to cast another vote for no-ip.com. I've used their service and Linux "dynamic update client" for exactly what you want to do.
I think the only other advice is to check your ISP's AUP or TOS. Residential providers can sometimes get a bit pissy about people running servers on their "home" lines - quite possibly as a method to sell "business" services for more $$$.
By the way, there's a project called Jinzora for streaming media over the net. I played around with it as a home media-server for a bit - it's pretty good.
I set up an account at no-ip and installed their software ok. Then I tried Jinzora, but couldn't install their online software install because firefox won't open their index.php file. I don't have KDE on this old pc, so Opera won't install either to open the php file. Is there some other way to install Jinzora than online?
Apache is web server so its independent from web browser. You can access same page with internet explorer, links or firefox. Contents would be the same except in console browsers there is no graphics support. The problem is not in browser, it's in jinzora or apache configuration.