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Webserver inaccessible from lan

I have set up a webserver I can access it from an external ip/proxy but not from internal machine using domain name. I think that it has something to do with the router, not being able to redirect the domain name request to the server as when I type the domain name address into a browser it just shows the router config page.

the router is a belkin f5d7633-4

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  • youan Jul 28, 2009

    yes the router does forward the port, and the server is accessible from outside of the network

  • youan Aug 11, 2009

    Does anyone have any idea why this is not working?

  • youan Aug 12, 2009

    So does that mean that I have to add the IP to the host file?
    Why is this the default behaviour, of ADSL routers?
    Is there anyway to change this behaviour?
    Will installing OpenWRT allow me to fix the problem?
    Is there any way to make it work without hard coding the IP or getting new hardware/software, or is there a router or other piece of hardware that will make it work?

  • youan Aug 12, 2009

    I can always ssh into the router from the command line. I would still do it anyway even if there was no way to access the router, the router is setup and is working fine I see no reason to need to change the configuration of the router. If there ever was a need I could always find a way to change it.

  • youan Aug 12, 2009

    any recommendations to which router doesn't have this "feature" as default or whether trying openWRT on the belkin could provide a fix?

  • youan Aug 12, 2009

    any recommendations to which router doesn't have this "feature" as default or whether trying openWRT on the belkin could provide a fix?

  • youan Aug 12, 2009

    any recommendations to which router doesn't have this "feature" as default or whether trying openWRT on the belkin could provide a fix?

  • youan Aug 12, 2009

    any recommendations to which router doesn't have this "feature" as default or whether trying openWRT on the belkin could provide a fix?

  •  Sudarsan Parthasarathy

    have you setup the router to forward port 80 to the web server?



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This is default behaviour of port forwarding on ADSL routers.
You need to create a local DNS entry in your machine, which will resolve the domain to the LAN IP of the web server.

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  •  Sudarsan Parthasarathy

    Lets take for instance, this behaviour is overcome with some solution. In this case, how will you administer your router? Any request to the router IP on port 80, would be forwarded to the web server. Hence, you will loose the administration capabilities on your router.

  •  Sudarsan Parthasarathy

    Read this Belkin routers have this issue by default. Try sourcing another router make & see if your problem is solved.

  •  Sudarsan Parthasarathy

    Will check out & let you know.



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