Setting up a webserver with Banglalion Wimax:
If you want to run a webserver from home with Banglalion wimax connection, probably a “Real IP” from Banglalion is needed . I tried this for some small testing and the normal IP did not work. Normal connections have dynamic IP and I found that the http port 80 or mail port 25 is blocked. So, this IP could not be used for running a server. From the Banglalion office, I was informed that a “Real IP” (Static IP) is necessary for this, which costs Taka 500 for 1 year. I deposited the amount and received a money receipt mentioning that the deposit of Taka 500 is made for a Real IP. On the same day (night actually) I received an email from Banglalion with a form (.doc file) attached. This was a “Real IP Request Form”, and they wanted me to fill this form and send them back. And I did so, find the image of the form bellow:
MAC address can be found on the label of the device or from the browser based interface [ http://192.168.1.1 ]
After two days, the Banglalion office sent me another email mentioning that an IP address has been assigned for my account, which will work only in Chittagong, for Dhaka another IP would be assigned. That was enough for my testing, since I have not thought anything about Dhaka or any other city including Chittagong. I tested this IP and found that it is not blocked. You may go to http://www.canyouseeme.org/ to check whether your IP is blocked or not (enter port 80 and check). You can get your IP from the device’s browser interface or there are many webpages that can show your IP, for example http://www.canyouseeme.org http://www.showmyip.com or http://www.whatismyip.com etc. By the way, I am using the wireless indoor unit of Banglalion device AW3 (Tk 2,950). So, I have no idea whether this works with the usb device or not (it should work).
Anyway after being confirmed that the “Real IP” is not blocked, I tried to access this from the browser. I am using “Abyss Web Server” on a windows machine. But I was not able to access this. I tried to connect from the same machine that the “Real IP” was assigned and got a blank page. Then tried from my mobile with grameenphone internet, this time I got a login page which is probably the device’s browser interface’s login page.
After some try the problem was solved. I had to set the device’s “Port Mapping”. This may help you, if you are also facing this problem. Here is how,
º Go to the device’s browser interface. On your browser go to http://192.168.1.1
º Login with your username and password (if you have not changed it, the username is admin, and the password is admin).
º Click on Advanced Setup. Then click on Nat.
º On this page it is Enabled (Enable checked). Click on Port Mapping.
º Do same thing for SMTP. For POP3 I did not select anything from Services.
º Click on Apply button.
After this I tried to connect and it was successful. But from the same machine where the real IP is used it is not possible to get to the webserver. Rather I got the device’s browser interface. It is possible to get the webserver on the same machine by using a proxy. You may use http://freeproxyserver.ca/ . Type your “Real IP” here something like:
Or try it from another machine that has different IP.
Yes, end of the setup, that is where the trouble was.
If you are new in setting web server, you may google with keyword like “how to run web server from home”. You will get many instructions and it is not hard to set a web server for home or other small purpose. Use Abyss or lighthttpd for windows or any other lightweight web server. As it may become difficult or boring to understand Apache like web server.
I have not tested the mail part yet. I don’t need this too. Probably later. I may also take a look at the WAN of the device interface, where there is option to use Static IP or DHCP IP. Since there is no problem in accessing the web page delivered by my webserver with the default settings, these can be seen later.
Take care and best of luck.