How Do I Access a Web Server on My Local Network?


Larry Thompson

How Do I Access a Web Server on My Local Network?

If you have set up a web server on your local network, you may be wondering how to access it. Whether you want to test your website locally before deploying it or host a web application for internal use, accessing the web server on your local network is an essential step. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of accessing a web server on your local network.

Step 1: Find Your Local IP Address

Before accessing your web server, you need to know the IP address of the machine hosting the server. This IP address is unique to your local network and allows other devices on the same network to communicate with it.

To find your local IP address, follow these steps:

  • Windows:
    1. Open Command Prompt by pressing Windows Key + R and type “cmd”.
    2. In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
    3. Look for the “IPv4 Address” under your network adapter (usually labeled as Ethernet or Wi-Fi).
  • Mac OS X:
    1. Click on the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”.
    2. In System Preferences, click on “Network”.
    3. Select your active network connection (Ethernet or Wi-Fi) from the left-hand sidebar.
    4. Your local IP address will be displayed next to “IP Address”.
  • Linux:
    1. Open Terminal.
    2. Type “ifconfig” and press Enter.
    3. Look for the “inet” or “inet addr” field under your network adapter (usually labeled as eth0 or wlan0).

Step 2: Accessing the Web Server

Once you have your local IP address, you can access the web server using a web browser on any device connected to the same local network. Follow these steps:

  1. Open a web browser:
  2. Launch your preferred web browser on your device (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Safari).

  3. Type in the IP address:
  4. In the address bar of your web browser, type in the local IP address you obtained in Step 1. Make sure to include “http://” or “https://” before the IP address.

    • If your local IP address is, you would enter “http://192.100” or “https://192.100” into the address bar.
    • If you’re unsure whether to use HTTP or HTTPS, try HTTP first and switch to HTTPS if necessary.
  5. Press Enter:
  6. After typing in the IP address, press Enter to navigate to that address.

If everything is set up correctly, you should now see your web server’s default page or website displayed in your web browser.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you are unable to access your web server using the above steps, here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Firewall Settings: Check your firewall settings to ensure that port 80 (HTTP) or port 443 (HTTPS) is open for incoming connections.
  • Server Configuration: Verify that your web server is properly configured and running on the correct port.
  • Network Connection: Make sure your device is connected to the same local network as the machine hosting the web server.

By following these steps and troubleshooting tips, you should now be able to access a web server on your local network. Whether you’re testing your website or hosting a web application, accessing your local web server is crucial for development and testing purposes.

Happy server accessing!

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