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[web] how do others connect to my server with no domain

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Hi, I have a Gateway Laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium, Apache 2.2, PHP 5, connected to a WRT54G Linksys wireless router, which is hooked up to cable (I think). I can view the server, but i don't know if anyone else can. Can someone help me? I know that every time I disconnect and connect to the router, the IPv4 Address I get with "ipconfig /all" changes (only the last set of numbers), but for some reason, this one IP address always works for me (not localhost or 127.0.0.1), and not the one that ipconfig gives me. Anyway, how does someone else view my server? do i just give them a link to my ip address? i've tried that with friends through AIM and it doesn't work so far. Please someone help.

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You're going to have to setup port forwarding on your router. Then give out the IP on the router, when they connect to port 80 (might be blocked by your ISP so you might have to use a non-standard port for html) the router will forward their request on to your laptops local IP and make it look like, to the world, your router is hosting the page.

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You need two things:

1) Forward port 80 from your router to your PC. IIRC it's the "Applications and gaming >> single port forwarding" page on your router setup.

2) Do yourself a favour and get a dymanic DNS forwarder such as dyndns.com or no-ip.com. Then you can use a domain name :-)

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