[thelist] Hosting at Home

patrick pms at stoutstreet.com
Wed Nov 23 07:56:08 CST 2005

Hershel Robinson wrote:
> I have a fixed IP and I have a (I think) good router with a firewall. 
> It's a Netopia Model 3387W-ENT [1]. I run Apache on a Windows box for 
> local testing and so I know it a bit. I am in a wild and crazy mood and 
> I am considering the possibility of setting up a xAMP server in my house 
> and putting there a website.
> I might build a Linux box or I might use my existing Windows server. I 
> know little about Linux put I understand that to build a simple LAMP 
> server can be fairly easy these days.
> The site I will put there will be extremely low-traffic. I am aware that 
> some people do such things sometimes, that is, build their own home servers.
> Something tells me that this is foolhardy however and if I have little 
> experience with servers and firewalls, it is not wise to open even a 
> single port of mine and let the world into my LAN. Maybe someone will 
> talk me out of this?

Another thing to consider is whether your ISP/account level allows this. 
Mine (speakeasy.net) does, but others (cable companies, etc) do not.


patrick sanders
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