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# 196024 16-May-2016 15:36
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In Dunedin and newly switched work connection to Vodafone. I have a locally hosted website, and want to access it directly using the same URL from in and out of the office.


On the previous router (Orcon NF4V) this worked by default, but the HG659 doesn't do the same routing out of the box. Can I configure it to do this?


  • I have a site
  • Public DNS exists and points to my external IP
  • I want to access the site from inside and outside the LAN (using the same URL)

Old router: worked fine. HG659: times out accessing when this resolves to external IP. is accessible to external devices.


Could work around it via DNS (resolve to LAN IP for clients requesting from inside the LAN) but I'd prefer to not have LAN-specific DNS settings if poss, so making the router work as per previous would be ideal.

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  # 1554454 17-May-2016 21:53
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I dont believe the capability exists and i did encounter that same issue when testing the device 2 years ago!


There was a big recent firmware upgrade so maybe hunt around for that.



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  # 1554509 18-May-2016 00:04
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I believe you are talking about NAT Loopback AKA NAT reflection.  I dont believe that router supports it.  There is a work around I have run in our office in that you edit the the windows hosts file and direct it to the local IP as opposed to the external IP.  That makes the machine you are on ignore DNS for that record.  It does mean having to do it (edit the hosts) on all of the machines in the local network that you want to access it from.


And a trick for young players, dont forget to flush DNS in the command console after you have done it.




EDIT: See you have considered this approach - the other option is get a "real" router


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  # 1554519 18-May-2016 02:21
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Editing the hosts is a pain when the device is taken off site as you have to remove the entry, also is not an option for phones/tablets at all.




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  # 1554644 18-May-2016 10:22
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Editing the hosts is a pain when the device is taken off site as you have to remove the entry, also is not an option for phones/tablets at all.




Agreed, but I use a desktop and so it works fine.

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