US residential ISP terms of service: anyone called out for hosting at home?

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US residential ISP terms of service: anyone called out for hosting at home?

Postby SteveCr48 » 26 Sep 2015, 19:24

In the US, residential accounts with ISPs typically prohibit running a personal server for things like IRC, POP, SMTP, HTTP etc.

Has anyone been called out by your ISP for running a tt-rss server in your home?

I'm thinking of running tt-rss locally and accessing it locally on my LAN only. I'm not sure if this violates the TOS for my ISP. If anyone has any experience or thoughts, I'd be appreciative. Thanks!!

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Postby JustAMacUser » 26 Sep 2015, 19:33

Wouldn't it be easier to read the TOS of your provider?

Keep in mind you can get low end VPSs for a few dollars a month, which will probably be cheaper in electricity alone...

e: In the grand scheme of things, if you're the only one using your installation of TT-RSS your ISP probably wouldn't even notice. You could even use a non-standard port with SSL and the traffic probably wouldn't look much different than a Skype call (except for the new, inbound TCP requests; which again would be few if you're the only one).

Still, you can get an OpenVZ VPS from a good provider from about $2 USD/month.

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Postby SteveCr48 » 26 Sep 2015, 20:54

If I'm using it on my LAN only, then the only impact on the ISP's network is pinging the feeds. I'm like you, arkolbus, I'm not sure it's a violation of the TOS.

By the way, JustAMacUser, I have two installations I'm testing, one on a home server and the other a shared hosting service. The one on my LAN is so bloody fast it's hard to believe. It's a real pleasure to use. If I access it from the Web, I agree that it's frequency and load that will draw attention. Thanks for the suggestions!!

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Postby JustAMacUser » 26 Sep 2015, 21:43

Okay. Just to clarify, my comments were based solely on the assumption you were running the service on a computer in your home with the intention of regularly accessing it remotely.

Just running it at home and having TT-RSS poll web sites is certainly not going to be a violation of your ISPs TOS (if it is, you really need to change providers!) because all you're doing is downloading information.. Same as surfing the web, more or less.

Shared hosting is definitely going to be slow. But budget VPS providers will be fast. Really fast. Not "I'm using a 5-year-old machine as a server on my LAN" fast, but fast. When you're using a dedicated machine, even an old one, you're the only one on it and even older hardware will run something like TT-RSS really well.

If you regularly or frequently access TT-RSS from outside your home, then definitely consider a VPS provider as it will be a lot better. If you're using it mostly from your home then there's very little point. You can leave the appropriate ports open for the occasions when you need it remotely.

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Postby SteveCr48 » 26 Sep 2015, 22:08

Thanks for the tip about the VPS. I haven't ventured there. That will be next, just for the experience. Dumb, right. I'm not familiar with OpenVZ, so I'll go a looking. I checked into DigitalOcean, and it was very affordable. Thanks for your comments!! Looks to me like you're one very experienced Mac user :)

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Postby JustAMacUser » 26 Sep 2015, 23:57

Thanks and you're welcome.

Digital Ocean is good. I think they use a KVM or KVM-like virtualization, it's a bit more of a true virtualization whereas OpenVZ is sort of like FreeBSD jails (don't worry about any of it if you're not sure what that means; just know Digital Ocean's virtualization is fine). You should be good with them. If you go that route I recommend using Debian but you can go with whatever flavor of Linux you like. Be sure to do the world a favor and Google how to harden a server if you've never done it before! :)

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Postby SteveCr48 » 27 Sep 2015, 00:15

Thanks so much, JustAMacUser!! I just spun-up my first server. I'm off and reading ...

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Postby Tunai » 27 Sep 2015, 00:28

If you are willing to give 10 USD for the server you can try kimsufi, it is dedicated and for I know has unlimited bandwith. Just google kimsufi. Im using KS-3 server for all of my websites and some other things myself.

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Postby fox » 27 Sep 2015, 12:25

welp i'm paying $7 for my vpsdime vds :(

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