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I am new to this stuff so any help will be appreciated. We have two Win laptops, a Win desktop and an iMac connected wirelessly at home. I am learning about webservers and would like to host one at home just to learn/play.

I don't want to have a compromised webserver access our other computers - which might happen if I misconfigure something. Is there a way to make my existing computers still access the internet but be 'segregated' from the webserver?

Thanks, Tim

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Possible dupe of: superuser.com/questions/182651/… –  David Thomas Aug 30 '10 at 19:12
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Please don't crosspost - superuser.com/questions/182664/… –  Hello71 Aug 30 '10 at 19:13

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A NetGear Prosafe GS108T smart switch will let you set up VLANs, allowing you to keep different parts of your LAN separate. I've been using this switch for a while and love it. I haven't messed around with VLANs yet, but it looks straightforward. The GS108T is available for less than $100.

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Your home network should already be private. The external IP address you have will point to the router/modem and, as long as it's set up correctly, no one should be able to see past that to the rest of your network.

If you host your website on one of your local machines it won't be visible to the outside world.

It won't have an address like www.example.com. You'll have to access it via it's internal IP address - 192.162.2.23 (for example) or computer name (http:\ComputerName) [Thank's @harrymc].

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Computers can also be addressed by their name as "http:\\ComputerName" –  harrymc Aug 30 '10 at 19:00
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He might also be asking about the use of dmz? But I'm not entirely sure, given his 'just to learn/play' comment. –  David Thomas Aug 30 '10 at 19:03
    
@harrymc - I never new that. I'll update the answer. –  ChrisF Aug 30 '10 at 19:20

If you are using DD-WRT flashed router you can create a separate VLAN. See my post here

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Easiest way, use two SOHO grade routers:

Internet Connection --- RouterA --- RouterB --- Home Computers
                           |           |
                        Server       Wireless
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