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  1. timlab55's Avatar
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    Type Of Computer


    Okay this question is going to take some input from networking people as well, so let's roll. I would like to host a website (apache, php, mysql and phpadmin) on my home computer and host two websites from it. Now comes the operating system. Of course I have several choices to make and ways to go. The bottom line is, I still need my home computer to play my two games as well (maybe 3). I know alot of you might say, wouldn't it be easy to just use a hosting site. Yep your are 100% correct. However, because of money <----biggest factor in the project is the problem. Everything else is 2nd. I have actually put a website up on the internet for $75.00, which was the cost of the raspberry pi. Will because things got bigger, now my computer needs are getting bigger.

    My first question tho, putting my raspberry pi behind a VPN, does a VPN take alot of CPU power? The reason why I'm asking is because I know we have some VPN people in here that can answer that. The raspberry pi runs at 1.5hz, has 8GB's of RAM, and is very low in power, and I'm thinking about putting this entire home network behind a VPN. The new router I'm getting because my gateway/router from AT&T will not allow me to do some stuff so, I'm getting a NETGEAR Nighthawk R7350 AC2400 Router: Fast Beamforming Wi-Fi for Gaming, 4K UHD Streaming. 2400Mbps, 2500 Sq Ft, QoS, Dual Core, 2.4 + 5GHz, 5 x GIGABIT + USB 3.0 Port, Smart WiFi Router R7350-NAS which comes with VPN service. But I would prefer to build my own VPN, which I can, but it depends on how I mount my websites.

    Second question: Do I build the websites and get them hosted on my home computer then add the VPN or the other way around?
    Thanks
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  2. pparks1's Avatar
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    timlab55 said:
    My first question tho, putting my raspberry pi behind a VPN, does a VPN take alot of CPU power?
    I'm not sure that you are using the right terminology here . VPN's are usually used for either
    1). Trying to anonymize your outbound web traffic so you route yourself through a VPN somewhere else in the world. Perhaps you want the router connected so that ALL of your outbound traffic just magically goes through the VPN here without configuring anything on the machine itself....a VPN server on the router could accomodate that.
    2). You setup a VPN so that you can remotely connect into your home network from a remote location.
    3). You are connecting multiple sites together and you want a secure connection between the two of them.

    I'm thinking that you actually meant that you want to put your devices behind a firewall.

    timlab55 said:
    Second question: Do I build the websites and get them hosted on my home computer then add the VPN or the other way around?
    Thanks
    you can do it whichever way you want. neither thing requires or depends upon the other. You don't need a VPN either incoming or outgoing to host a website.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    pparks1 said:
    I'm not sure that you are using the right terminology here . VPN's are usually used for either
    1). Trying to anonymize your outbound web traffic so you route yourself through a VPN somewhere else in the world. Perhaps you want the router connected so that ALL of your outbound traffic just magically goes through the VPN here without configuring anything on the machine itself....a VPN server on the router could accomodate that.
    2). You setup a VPN so that you can remotely connect into your home network from a remote location.
    3). You are connecting multiple sites together and you want a secure connection between the two of them.

    I'm thinking that you actually meant that you want to put your devices behind a firewall.


    you can do it whichever way you want. neither thing requires or depends upon the other. You don't need a VPN either incoming or outgoing to host a website.
    Hi there

    True in theory -- but it depends in part to what you are hosting on it !!! you may want to host things not "Officially" available in the area you live so the vpn can "poodlefake" the region on which your website thinks its being hosted on. Not sure however what the throughput would be to your "customers" though. I'd imagine Internet speed would be slowed on it a bit - especially if you were hosting streaming media.

    Remember your users potential download speed is likely to be much faster than your upload speed (typically unless you have full 100% fibre optic cable) by about 10:1 ratio -- you will be limited by your ISP's upload speed and you'd probably get severe degradation if 5 users or so wanted to simultaneously stream even a 1080P HD movie --forget about 4K UHD content !!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    If you host a website on your own VPN, then you would have to give the VPN access credentials to whomever you wanted to access it. They would also have to have compatible VPN client software installed on their computer.
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  5. timlab55's Avatar
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    Windows 10
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    Navy Cdr are you telling me in your reply that "If you host a website on your own VPN, then you would have to give the VPN access credentials to whomever you wanted to access it. They would also have to have compatible VPN client software installed on their computer." meaning to me is that if I host my own website on my own computer that is sitting behind a vpn, that anyone who wanted to visit my website I would have to give them access through a credential'?
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  6. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    timlab55 said:
    Navy Cdr are you telling me in your reply that "If you host a website on your own VPN, then you would have to give the VPN access credentials to whomever you wanted to access it. They would also have to have compatible VPN client software installed on their computer." meaning to me is that if I host my own website on my own computer that is sitting behind a vpn, that anyone who wanted to visit my website I would have to give them access through a credential'?
    Yes.
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  7. timlab55's Avatar
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    This vpn stuff is crazy as I'm trying to protect my home network, not have some one come in and destroy it. I started to read more on VLAN for my home network, seems like if all my devices have norton on them, and then setup a VLAN then I should be secure, of course with security updates installed and everything else. In conjunction with that, my webserver will be in a virtual machine and using Linux Operating System. Do you think this might work?
    Thanks
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  8. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    timlab55 said:
    This vpn stuff is crazy as I'm trying to protect my home network, not have some one come in and destroy it. I started to read more on VLAN for my home network, seems like if all my devices have norton on them, and then setup a VLAN then I should be secure, of course with security updates installed and everything else. In conjunction with that, my webserver will be in a virtual machine and using Linux Operating System. Do you think this might work?
    Thanks
    I think so, but I am not an expert on VLANs nor Webhosting. I only know VPN, and VPN is not what you think it is. VPN is a secure connection between a network access point and a user. In order for the user to connect to the VPN they need credentials. That's why the P in VPN is Private. It's not public. If you hosted your own VPN, then whomever connected to it would be on your home network just like they were plugged into your router or connected to your WiFi.

    Another thing to consider when hosting a website is how will users know what the IP address is to connect to it? Do you have a static IP address from your ISP? Are you using DDNS (Dynamic DNS)?
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  9. timlab55's Avatar
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    Windows 10
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    MMMMMMMM, that's a good question and I have a good answer. I have AT&T fiber Optic. They want $100 to start it and $35 a month for it. Therefore, when I created the website, I when with a DDNS (Googles) which isn't costing anything. AT&T also blocked port 25 on me, and therefore, I had to go with a mail server $20 a year (which is dirt cheap), but the tech spt isn't up to par.

    Where on this forum would I go to ask my questions at?
    thanks
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  10. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Try the networking section Nevermind. You are here! Start a new thread with a better thread title.
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