Help with personal Web Server

By milky ยท 10 replies
Nov 22, 2005
  1. I want to host my own web site, just for the hell of it, so I installed Abyss Web Server X1 2.0.6.
    I used Macromedia Flash 8 to create a simple flash page (.swf)
    I got a free domain name from (
    I think I configured the server properly as far as ports, and directory locations.

    I cannot log on to the website from a computer outside my LAN, but works fine with computers within LAN

    Windows Firewall is configured correctly (port 80 is open by default anyway)
    I even tried configuring the server to use port 1024 internally and port 80 externally...same locally, but not remotely.
    I've opened the ports on my router as well.
    Seems to me that if it works within my LAN it should work from outside it as well since my domain name in resolved to my public ip address.

    Remote Desktop works fine using that same domain name both with RDP Client and TSWeb. I have no problem accessing my ftp server (running on the same pc) with that domain name [However: I cannot seem to access my ftp server through a web browser, only with ftp client software (LeapFTP)]

    What am I doing wrong? I don't know too much about websites, just some basic html. Does the homepage have to be an index.html or index.htm file?
    the only file I have in the root folder is "Untitled-2.swf" (Flash).

    I know that file itself is good because if I go to another computer on my LAN and open internet explorer and type it works!
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Did you forward the correct port to the right computer on the router? Your ISP may be blocking port 80 - try using something >1024.
  3. milky

    milky TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 85

    I once had a friend tell me that my ISP [Optimum Online (Cablevision)] does in fact block port 80, but when I mentioned that to my Network+ instructor, he laughed and said that if port 80 was blocked I wouldn't be able to use the internet and that ISPs do not block port 80.

    Anyway, like I said previously, I tried setting the server's public port to 80 (isn't that a must for people outside my LAN to be able to see the website without specifying a port?) and the private port to 1024. still the same locally only. I will now try setting both public and private ports to 1024 but I have a feeling that I will have to specify the port in the web address (ie-
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Is that too annoying then?

    Port 8080 is the alternative http port, by the way. Maybe that isn't blocked?

    There's a difference between incoming and outgoing traffic. Does your instructor know it?
  5. milky

    milky TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 85

    Yes, that is way too annoying. I just tried it and it does work remotely on port 1024 as long as the port is specified.

    Now I will try 8080. hopefully It works without specifying the port.
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    It won't :p
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    you must diffently add the :8080 or what ever extension for others outside your lan to see your server
    my old address was
    when I ran my own apache web server
  8. milky

    milky TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 85

    well that didn't do me much good. 8080 doesn't work even if I specify. I guess my ISP blocks that one also.
    So I guess my question now is: Why is 8080 considered an alternate web port if it is really no different than the thousands of other alternate ports?
  9. gary_hendricks

    gary_hendricks TS Rookie Posts: 107

    Hi milky,

    Hey I've always wanted to do the same thing. I've tried setting up my own web server to no success. You see, I've been subscribing to a online cable service and it does not allow me to set up an FTP server that I can access from the office.

    Here's an interesting article that inspired me to set up my own web server.

    You guys should check it out!
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    1080, 3128, 8080 are so-called "well known ports" used by proxy software.

    You could set up your web server as secure (HTTPS) and have people access it using https:// links. That is if your ISP allows connections to port 443.
  11. milky

    milky TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 85

    now that you bring that up, I have a few questions about the HTTPS protocol:

    To use https, the only thing I need to do is set my server up on port 443 (if my isp doesn't block it)??
    What makes https secure? Is the transmission encrypted?
    If so, which device is performing the encryption/decryption?
    How does the device know to encrypt/decrypt a transmission? Simply because it is using port 443?
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