I've got a machine configured to run a webserver on port 8080. That's all the machine is required to do, but it is possible that the website will be visited by the machine it's self (inside the routers LAN). If i try to visit the routers external IP:8080 I can't access the webserver.
If I connect from the internet it works fine. Likewise if I connect locally to the machine by it's internal IP or 127.0.0.1 It works fine aswell.
I appreciate some routers won't forward ports internally. But what alternatives have I got? I can't set a hosts entry as it's just IPs, no names. But I could assign a domain if required.
Alternatively, is there a way to force a machine to respond to requests for a particular IP without appearing as that IP on the subnet (Don't want to confuse routers etc...)
Win 2k8 server, IIS. Unknown router