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However it won't allow other people to connect to my web server! I've set the firewall to it's lowest setting, disabled windows firewall (all of course simply for troubleshooting). I've manually allowed the HTTP port (80) to be accessible. There is a DMZ Host option that lets me set a single computer to be fully exposed to the internet. There is advanced filtering which had several deny filters in that I deleted. I've even manually added a friend's IP address just in case the port triggering labels were backwards (local access being remote and vice versa). I've gone through every single page and ripped down any and all other obstacle looking settings, reset the device and repeated. I've called Verizon's tech support which said of course that it's not within their range of support. Actiontec's website was as helpful as an iceberg to the Titanic.
There are no other firewalls in XP besides the disabled built in one and it has a specific exception for Apache. Any suggestions?
Hint: if you are paying < $100/mo, it is probably not business service, and running a webserver is probably prohibited by the TOS.
If this is the case, they've probably blocked port 80 in their routers. There's nothing you can do to unblock it.
I'm surprised that Comcast did not block port 80. It almost certainly is against their TOS.
Turn on the firewalling that you turned off. Your Windows box is not long for this world with the firewalling turned off.
Anyway I was told at the point of having a business account activated and working that I needed to have a static IP address which would only cost me $100 a month! The whole reason I got Fios in the first place was because it was $5 cheaper then Comcast! Plus if I was running a dot.com out of my home why would I stick with a dynamic IP address?!
I was fed up with everything and gave them the boot (but not two because that would give them a pair! ;)). Still waiting for my refund to appear in the bank. I imagine that Comcast is not blocking Apache to appeal to our crowd but also because I'm getting this overall message that DSL is going to completely leave cable in the dust. I'm not really sure except for one thing: if Apache doesn't reach my business partner in a different state for private testing purposes then I'm not going to use their service!
Some other notes of interest: I never saw anything better then 8 megabit on their 20 megabit connection, not even at the speed-test websites. The upload speed of five megabits was great except that it was exclusively limited to just my FTP connection. AIM, Yahoo, file uploads via the browser, all barely hitting 10-20 kilobytes a second tops. The thing is that I'm almost exclusively testing locally so all the speed in the world does not matter to me. All I can do is just stick with Comcast, hope they increase their speeds eventually, and don't block port 80 for any reason.
Hopefully this will save other people TONS of time and aggravation at the expense of about 30 hours of my life.