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I connect to the internet through a router with a cable connection (my ISP is time warner). I want to set up a DNS server on my computer and I'm a little confused.. Do i use time warner's nameservers or do I set up my own? Since my router uses DHCP, how do I assign an IP to the site?

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Hi Mooredrew,
kindly let me know your requirement and why exactly you are trying to setup a DNS server in your machine?
Also provide some information about the site which you are talking about, so that I can assist you well to solve your problem.

Thanks

Posted on May 26, 2010

  • mooredrew May 26, 2010

    Hi; I want to set up the DNS server primarly for experimentation purposes.. I will use a "real" server when I want to actually make my site functional, but for now I just want to learn how to set one up (I learn best by doing...). I want the site to be able to run an eyeos system; I already have apache2/php5/mysql installed. Thanks; let me know if you need more info

  • Hi Mooredrew,
    I understand that you are trying to setup your site in your machine itself using Apache server.
    Though I am have not worked in Apache, I can provide you the overall steps to achieve your need.

    1. First deploy your website to Apache and test it in your local machine. It should work fine when tried in internet explorer with something likehttp://localhost/..
    2. connect your system to internet and goto www.whatismyip.com
    3. There you can find your router's public internet IP address. Mostly this IP will be dynamic ip and it keeps on changing by time and so we cannot a single ip to point to your website hosted in your machine permanently.
    4. so to give your changing dynamic ip with a domain name you can usehttp://www.no-ip.com/
    5. Please register inhttp://www.no-ip.com/ website, download a DNS update client and link to a free dns. (please read the documentation inhttp://www.no-ip.com/)
    6. Once everything is ready, if anyone tries to access the configured domain name from internet, the request will be coming to your router. To transfer the http request from your router to specific port in your computer in which your apache server is listening to, you may have to configure the port forwarding option in your router configuration page. (Please search in internet regarding how to setup port forwarding, as I am dont know much about it)
    7. After everything is done, you should be able to access your website from anywhere in the world via internet using the domain name which you got from thehttp://www.no-ip.com/.

    All the best.

    I hope my solution is helpful to you.
    Thanks


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