I would’ve gotten away with it!
So, here’s the deal: if you move into an apartment community like Van Meter’s Woodland Park in Herndon, where the landlord has made an exclusive (read “monopolistic”) contract with their preferred broadband provider, and bakes the price of cable TV and internet access into your lease whether you actually use it or not, and said broadband provider installs their own gateway router in your unit and uses it to block all inbound TCP requests like a bunch of jackbooted fascists, you can’t host your own website and/or email with a Synology and a Dynamic DNS account. For that matter, you can forget about standing up an FTP server, or remote desktop connections, or VPN tunneling, or personal cloud syncing, or anything else that every single broadband subscriber is legally entitled to under the rules set forth by the FCC.
There are basically two options at your disposal. You can:
- Break into the telco closet and frog their WAN connection over to your own router to get a public IP address. Doubtless, this will put you in bad favor with the totalitarian assholes on the other end of the pipe. The moment they see a foreign node on their network, you can bet they’ll throttle or block it outright. Or…
- Contract with a competing broadband provider -one who minds their own goddamn business and doesn’t dictate what you can do with your leased public IP (within reason).
Unfortunately, the latter isn’t an option for me, since the assholes who struck this antitrust violation of a contract with my current broadband provider physically severed the coax infrastructure leading into the premises. Competing providers are literally blocked from penetrating this community, because that would interfere with the management penetrating the tenants.
I wonder what the Fairfax County Public Utilities Commission has to say about all this, and the fact that my landlord lied outright before I signed, telling me I could chose another provider if I was dissatisfied with the tin cans and string they offer from DirecTV & Hotwire Communications.
Looks like the only option I have left is to move the hell out.
In any case, that’s why I’m back to square one yet again. I’ve given up trying to squeeze common sense from the dimwitted secretarial imbeciles in my rental office, and have handed my web hosting back over to the professionals at Bluehost. At least now I won’t have to jump through hoops to prove to every ISP on the planet that my SMTP server is trustworthy.
By the way, nice folks, Bluehost. They really know their shit, and they make domain transfer/setup a simple point-and-click affair.