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guiltybyassc 09-08-2005 03:48 PM

Apache on Redhat behind Router
I have a rather strange request but first, let me introduce myself as I just now returned to the forums after 2 years away time. I'm a 17 year old wanting to try the impossible: setting up a free http site. Allright, so here are my pitfalls: I'm running Redhat 9. I have apache working for my LAN but I want to make a site that everyone on earth can get to. That is, if someone on my LAN types in the IP associated with my machine, they get my site. I'm behind a D-Link Wireless Router. Is there anyway that I can set up my network so that others can type in a url and go to my computer to retrieve the site? Also, I was directed to a site called but it's not giving me the email it said it would but is there a free domain registrar? So that I can have redirected to my IP without paying $100/month for the domain? If not i can allways use which has worked well for directing the site to my IP on my lan. Anyway, this is what I want to do, is it possible? if so, how?
Edit: I'm actually running on VMWare on Windows but it doesn't seem to make a differencein functionality and the idea of VMWare might scare some people off so i decided to omit that.

Matir 09-08-2005 05:08 PM

You can't get a completely free domain, but DirectNIC sells them for $15/yr, and they're a GREAT company.

A key point is to use port redirection on your router to redirect port 80 from the outside world to your Apache server. This will allow incoming HTTP requests to your server.

Oh, welcome back to LQ. Hope you stick around this time. :)

guiltybyassc 09-08-2005 05:53 PM

thank you for your help and the tip... as well as the welcome back. it seems simple enough.... almost too simple but hey, maybe it is. i guess i'll find out when my dad gets home (he has the password to the router). is there any reason he wouldn't want to have a port redirected at me? i don't think there would be but i'm just makin sure. again, thank you

EDIT: btw, that link you gave me, that's just a domain name redirected to a ip, correct?

Matir 09-08-2005 05:57 PM

DirectNIC is a domain registrar. They sell you domains, essentially. Actually, license them to you on behalf of ICANN, but that's just a minor technicality.

The only reason he might not want a port redirected to you is the fact that it would decrease network security, though only by a tiny amount. It is generally negligible.

guiltybyassc 09-08-2005 06:32 PM

he said no because he doesn't know what it does. he thinks that if it has to do with ports, it's a major breach in security. is there any way to do this without port redirection by chance?

Matir 09-08-2005 06:53 PM

Not with the server behind the router. Find a copy of the manual for your router and show him the part about port redirection, then he'll know what it does.

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