webserving from home, but can't reach the site from elsewhere

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by motulist, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I turned on OS X's built in web server feature called "web sharing" in the system prefs, and it says that this "allows users of other computers to view web pages ... on this computer" by going to http://192.#.#.# (except it says actual numbers in place of #).

    I'm able to see my home-served webpage on all of my computers at home by opening up that URL in safari, and I can see it on my iPod Touch when I'm at home. BUT when I'm somewhere else and not using my home wifi network, when I load up that http://192.#.#.# page it just says "server could not be reached at that address." Is my ISP blocking me from serving HTTP requests? Is there some way I can set it up so that I can reach my home-served webpage when I'm away from my apartment?
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    All IP addresses starting with 192.168. are internal only so they only work within your network. You can use a service like DynDNS and port-forwarding to access your computer from outside.
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    IPs of 192.168.* are internal address that only those who are on your network can see. People outside your network will need to enter your main IP given by your ISP. Your router will also need to be configured to redirect traffic on port 80 (the web port) to your machine doing the web sharing. See here to find your IP.
  4. motulist thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Ah, thanks for dropping some knowledge on me! And so fast! And thanks for the link to a quick and easy solution! I'll go check it out. You rock!

    "I learned something today." -Kyle

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