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Howard Stewart
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Username: Rappadappa77

Post Number: 4
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 12:59 pm:   

I'm a novice user to NOWSMS and was wondering how do you allow access to NOWSMS web interface over the internet, from another country or another computer in your country? I connected with Http over TCP/IP

Thank You
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 289
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 02:13 pm:   

Hi Howard,

It depends on how you are connected to the internet.

NowSMS is just like any other web server in this regard.

If you're behind a firewall or other NAT router, then you need to open up a port to allow connections through the firewall or router to the NowSMS server.

If you don't have a dedicated IP address, then you would want to use a dynamic DNS service like no-ip.com or dyndns.com to associate a host name with your IP address, so that the host name could follow you PC as its IP address changes.

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Des
NowSMS Support
Howard Stewart
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Username: Rappadappa77

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 02:35 pm:   

I'm connected to the internet via ADSL and i don't think i have a dedicated IP Address.

What would be the best thing to do?
Install it on my hosting companies server or install it on a computer to run 24/7

Howard
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 7710
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 06:26 pm:   

Hi Howard,

My primary concern in either scenario is security. If it's going to be publicly accessible, I want to limit access. (And I'd put daily limits on the number of SMS messages an account could send, just in case someone did compromise your system.)

If it gets installed at a hosting provider, are your SMS connections TCP/IP based or GSM modem? If it's GSM modem, then it may be more difficult to locate it at a hosting provider (and if you do, you need to check mobile coverage, as often hosting rooms don't have the best mobile coverage). If it's TCP/IP based, then there is less of an issue.

If you're on ADSL and want to run it there, a dynamic DNS service provider like no-ip.com or dyndns.com would help you out. Basically, you install some software on your system and that software connects to the dynamic DNS provider every so often so that if you get disconnected and reconnect with a different IP address, the dynamic DNS provider updates DNS for your host name to point to the new IP address. There might be a few minutes of downtime with this type of setup, but it's workable for some low-volume applications.

-bn
Howard Stewart
New member
Username: Rappadappa77

Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 06:39 pm:   

Hi Bryce,

Here is the information.
I currently have NOWSMS connected to Clickatell Gateway API and it it running great, but i want to know what is the best way to use it, whether on a computer in my office or on my website hosting space.
I would possibly want to connect to it from Home on my computer, hence having it on a address where i can access it and probably restrict access from other persons/hackers etc.

Thank You.
Des - NowSMS Support
Board Administrator
Username: Desosms

Post Number: 290
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 02:36 pm:   

Hi Howard,

Either would work. I would probably lean toward installing in the office. (If you use a VPN to connect from home to your office ... even better. If you don't use a VPN, you might want to consider ... not just for this, but for all remote access to your work network.)

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Des
NowSMS Support

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