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From "Joshua Slive" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] The simplest of questions ...
Date Tue, 22 Apr 2008 14:16:33 GMT
On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 11:00 AM, Tall Paul <> wrote:
> I am guessing that this is the simplest problem there is but it has me
> stumped. I installed Apache and PHP and ran the localhost tests and all is
> well. I have a static IP and I am behind a US Robotics router in which I
> forwarded port 80 to this PC. I sent my IP ( to my sister and
> asked her to test the server. She put in her browser
> and got the "page not found" message. So she tried
> and got the same results. From what I understand I cannot access my own
> server via my own IP so that leaves 2 questions.
> 1. What does someone have to enter in a browser to access my server?
> 2. How can I test the connection short of using someone else's internet
> connection?
> I googled the hell out of this problem and came up empty. Forgive me if this
> has already been asked a bazillion times.

The most likely explanation is that your ISP is blocking inbound port
80 requests. Try changing to some random high-numbered port and see if
that helps. If your ISP is really evil, it may be doing other blocking
as well. Are you allowed to run servers?

As for your second question, there are all sorts of sites on the web
that will grab a web page for you so that you can tell if it is
accessible. For example, you could use the w3c validator:

Even if you don't care if the page is valid, the validator can still
tell you if it is accessible.


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