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-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis S. Wish [mailto:dennis.wish(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2000 6:01 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: You Are Your Own ISP?

Bill tell me more:


...If I have web hosting, how do I eliminate the
ISP portion of my DSL service and still get on-line. I don't understand this
and find the process so confusing that it took me a week just to figure out
the basic DSL services that were available.
-----/Original Message-----

If you have a set of IP numbers that belong EXCLUSIVELY to you, as I do, you
have in essence your own "subnet" on the internet. In that case, whoever
supplies you with your connection to the net does so exclusive of any other
services such as mail, web-hosting, news, or any other internet service.

Once you are connected to the net, all you need is a "server" or "gateway"
for the other machines in your network. That server can run all the server
software such as sendmail, a web server (e.g. Apache), even nntp (Usenet),
ftp, etc.

You can do all this with a very modest machine, such as an eMachine or
similar, costing less than $1,000, and installing Linux. All the servers are
free in essence, such as Apache, Sendmail, WUftpd (ftp daemon), etc. You
just have to take the time to set them up.

The downside is, you've got to worry about your own security, which is why
most people still do offsite web hosting. But Sendmail, e.g., or FTP are
fairly easy to secure.

You can even go whole-hog, put TWO NICs in the Linux box, and have a
full-fledged firewall.

Even if you don't have the time or inclination to set all this up, you can
find a consultant to do it for you for a modest fee, as all this stuff
really just comes out of the box and takes little time to set up if you know
what you're doing.

Granted, this'll cost you a little bit at startup (probably around $1,000)
but you'll save about $30 per month, and you NEVER have to worry about
moving your address again; just register or whatever, and
you're all set.

It is amazingly easy to do, and I've been surprised how I, just a hobbyist
or tinkerer, have been able to do it with very little effort (e.g. Sendmail
took about two hours to configure, and seems to work quite well).

If you want, you can use an old, unused Pentium or even a 486 as a Domain
Name Server, put BIND on it (again, free) and be free of any need for
Primary DNS outside your domain (this just gives you a lot of flexibility
and easy response). You can use, for example, Public DNS
( as Secondary DNS, and you're up to

Let me know if I can answer any other questions.