Domain Whois Record – Your Questions…

George asks…

Registering domain against IP address?

I have a static IP address on which I am running a web server on port 8080. I registered a domain, say test.com and changed its Type A record to point to my static IP. What I wanted was that if someone types http://test.com:8080, he should be redirected to http://168.my.ip.address:8080 but it doesn’t seem to be working.
I tried running whois and the results show that test.com indeed resolves to my IP address. What should I do to make it work?

admin answers:

You likely are being blocked by your ISP. Ports 80, 81, 8080, 443, 8443, 8081, etc are standard ports that people use to try and serve out personal websites for extremely cheap on ISP networks, so they block them. Even if you do use a port that they’re not monitoring directly, they may be reading the incoming packets to ensure that web requests don’t get to your computer. Of course, it depends on which ISP you are using.

Unfortunately, they are getting better at blocking hosting in their network. You could do a dynamic DNS entry that would hopefully get past your ISP blocks. What that does is to update the DNS entries when your ISP changes your IP address and uses the port you assign to it. You could try that, but most Dynamic DNS servers are not free.

WG

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