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I'm currently trying to setup my own own-cloud server, and I've got it fully installed, configured, and accessible from within my own local network. I cannot figure out how to access it from the outside. So far I've:

  • Successfully setup port-forwarding on my local router.
    • I've done so via 'single port forwarding' and 'port range forwarding'
    • Ports 80, 443, 3306 (Apache-Full and MySQL)
  • Successfully obtained my external IP address.
    • I've also tested this magic number from within the network at #insertIPhere/owncloud and it did work.
  • Successfully setup the server using SQLite
  • Successfully setup the server using MySQL
  • Created the following exceptions in my firewall:
    • Allow In Port 80 (Apache Full)
    • Allow In Port 443 (Apache Full)
    • Allow In Port 3306 (MySQL)
  • Tried connecting from several different remote networks, as to troubleshoot something on their end

As far as trying to access it, I'm doing so through Google-Chrome and Mozilla Firefox trying to reach the server through #insertIPhere/owncloud using the above public IP address.

So what have I missed, and how do I access my server from outside?

Thanks in advance for your help and time, and I apologize in advance for what will probably result in my noobish mistake in networking.

I've looked at the official documentation. And also this question here.

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    Odd. It should work. What router do you have? Also, did you try forwarding 443? – Amith KK Feb 16 '13 at 4:04
  • I've got the Cisco/Linksys E2500 – codesmith Feb 16 '13 at 4:05
  • No I haven't tried forwarding port 443, I'll try that in the morning. – codesmith Feb 16 '13 at 4:08
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    Not related to your question, but still: forwarding your MySQL port (i.e. giving access to your MySQL port outside your LAN) is a security threat. – Vitalie Ciubotaru Jul 13 '13 at 19:46
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    Does your ISP block any ports? Mine (Cox) blocks 25, 80, 135, 136-139, 445, 1433, and 1900. – Marc Jul 17 '13 at 22:27
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This is exactly the sort of usage scenario tools like PageKite were created for. I agree with Vitalie, it would be quite insecure to consider exposing your internal ports for this.

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We have created an app to automate router port mapping for owncloud: http://apps.owncloud.com/content/show.php/UPnp+Port+Mapper?content=162449

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This sounds like everything is setup correctly and it should indeed work. Please check with your ISP if port 80 (http) is blocked.

Alternatively you can configure apache to use a different port (e.g. 1234) and then use the URL http://your.ip.he.re:1234/owncloud to try to reach the server.

If that's successful than your ISP is blocking port 80 (and potentially other ports too) and you'll need to use a port different from the blocked ones.

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