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Server behind a Linksys WRT54G

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by shurda, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. shurda

    shurda LI Guru Member

    I currently have a small home network with 2 desktops running and a NasLite file server(holding music and family pictures). I can easily access the file server by web interface on my home based network. What I want to do is set it up so that family and friends can access the same files over the internet to view the files or listen to my music. Is there any easy way to do this without having to buy software. I was thinking about maybe getting a domain name but how do i get it to point to that server located behind a DSL modem and a Linksys WRT54G(Firmware Version DD-WRT v23 SP2 (09/15/06) micro) or is there another way to do this. Security is a concern as I dont really want to leave my whole network open. Software is an issue since the whole server boots off a NASLITE CD as the OS and as far as i can tell there is noway to run software on it after it loads.( it is linux based if that might make a difference)
  2. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Unless you have a static IP, you get a free domain name at a DDNS site. You use your WRT54G to update the DDNS site with your new IP once it changes. So any internet access of www.yourdomainname.org will point to your router.

    Then the router must be set up to port forward a port or ports to the server behind the router. You can use port forwarding/translation to make the access less obvous. Say your server was an http server accessed on port 80. You could have the router translate and forward, say port 6789, to port 80 on that server. So anyone on the internet could access your server by accessing www.yourdomainname.org:6789.
  3. shurda

    shurda LI Guru Member

    how do i see what ports the server is using?...it does have a static ip on the network that is setup with the software, but how can i see the ports. And I was hoping to just leave the address simple with out adding a port number at the end.
  4. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    That I can't answer. Are they standard ports? Do you access it with a browser, then it would be http - port 80. With an FTP client, then maybe FTP - port 21.

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