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Local hosting of webpage using Hiawatha.
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Aug 2012, 13:25    Post_subject:  Local hosting of webpage using Hiawatha.
Sub_title: Problem seeing local hosted webpage over network.

Hi folks,

I hate to ask but I wonder if anyone can offer any networking advice?

I recently set-up hiawatha in Puppy 528 with a view to using one of my machines to host web-pages on my local wireless network. I am fairly sure the configuration of hiawatha is set correctly. But do I need to do anything else to puppy in order to make it a local web server?

My network consists of a wireless router which has a maximum of four systems connected to it via wireless networking. Each system will see the WAN (Internet) and each system will "ping" each other successfully at the local level.

The puppy machine running hiawatha will let me view my test page using localhost but when I fire up a second machine running puppy on the network to view the test page through a browser it says it will not connect. I have the firewalls switched-off on both systems for testing.

I have searched the internet for help on this one but I am still not sure where my problem is. Since the systems will ping each other this suggests they "see" each other at some basic level.

It has been suggested by someone local to me that I am wasting my time and that a basic broad-band home router is not capable of permitting local systems to talk to each other but I am not entirely convinced Wink

Is it possible that I have to change any settings in the router itself? The manual for the router says the firewall is only between the WAN and LAN but does not give any clues about using the router for a LAN/Intranet.

Look forward to hearing any thoughts on this.


Des (pupnovice)
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John Doe

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Aug 2012, 17:43    Post_subject:  

Probably you need to edit


Binding {
   Port = 80
   Interface =
   Interface = 192.168.1.xxx

where xxx = your address on the LAN
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Aug 2012, 04:36    Post_subject:  

Probably you need to edit /etc/hosts to your needs localhost puppypc21142 pc2 pc3 pc4
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Aug 2012, 14:04    Post_subject:  

Hi John Doe, L18L & the list,

Thank-you both for your replies, it prompted me to re-check everything again step-by-step.

I found the problem after much head scratching and a few **** words Smile

When right clicking the firewall icon in the bottom right of my puppy server screen it would offer options to "Switch-on, Switch-off or Remove" the firewall. I had been switching-off the firewall but it seems that while the icon for the firewall had the "!" in a yellow triangle the firewall was still fully in operation!

So after taking the option to remove the firewall everything works just as it should. I can now look at pages on my own personal Intranet and download/play music files etc just like a regular web-page, great fun, LAN and WAN pages appear as requested. Even my wife was mildly impressed. I will now re-instate a custom firewall using the wizard for peace of mind though it is behind the routers own firewall.

The only "casualty" has been the loss of "localhost" and for some reason the only way I can see my own pages on the servers browser is by typing-in the local systems URL ( in my case) but now I have it up-and-running I can play around with hiawathas .conf file etc and learn by experiment. What a great feeling when something finally works Smile

Thanks again guys and best wishes from here in the (currently) sunny UK.

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