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So, Bri and I have been banging our heads for weeks now trying to get our new server up and running from his home. I asked him initially if we would have problems with setting running a server over Comcast's broadband. When he said we could do it, I assumed it was because he had done the legwork and researched the issue. So, convinced that one of us has missed a silly mistake, I've been tweaking the various conf files and he's been tweaking the firewall rules. Nothing works over ports 80 or 25.

I just found out why. Comcast actively blocks ports 80 and 25 because they're afraid that allowing residential customers to run servers will suck up bandwidth! Imagine how much time and grief I could have saved if Bri had done his homework! <sigh>

We would really like to run our own server, rather than relying on someone else's server. Paying a $250 installation and $95/month for a business account is a bit beyond my budget. Anyone (volta, you run your server from home, right?) have any ideas?


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Dec. 29th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
I run a server in my spare bedroom. My ISP is speakeasy.net; they offer static IP's and explicitly say it's OK to run servers. I've had good luck with speakeasy.net so far.

I pay just over $60/month.
Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Any chance I could share your connection, for a small fee? I don't think I can convince Bri to change providers, and I really need to get my own server set up soon. I don't require a lot of bandwidth.
Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Yes, I think so. Contact me at umarc@hippogryph.com.
Dec. 29th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
The only option I had for reasonably fast inexpensive IP service to my house was, you guessed it, Comcast. Aside from the periodic renumbering of my segment, it works for me. It seems the blocking only happens in some areas, in other places they are just too lazy to bother.

DynDNS offers a few services that might help with your situation, including both web and mail redirection so you can run those services on other ports.
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