A reverse proxy is a secure server that sits in front of a web hosting server and forwards client traffic requests to that web hosting server. Reverse proxies are a popular solution that is used to increase security, up-time, and service reliability.
Unlike Dynamic DNS solutions, a reverse proxy hides the web hosting server’s true location and does not require any local port forwarding on a router. PrivateRouter reverse proxies can punch through NAT firewalls and transmit traffic securely to your personal reverse proxy server. You can host your web server on any network that has an Internet connection.
Host any website on-site with a PrivateRouter reverse proxy. Simply point your domain name at the reverse proxy server and all traffic will communicate with the proxy, not your personal web server or IP address. This not only hides the true location and IP address of your on-site web hosting server, it also wraps client traffic in SSL and points your domain or sub-domains to the matching website application. No port forwarding required.
Dynamic DNS only points the domain’s name server to your local server and requires the user to open and forward ports on a local router. With reverse proxy hosting your local IP and web server location will remain hidden and all client traffic will be securely tunneled through the reverse proxy. You can host your server on any network that has an active internet connection.
No, PrivateRouter’s reverse proxy service does not require any changes to your local router. You do NOT need to open or forward any ports. Our reverse proxy can go through firewalls to reach the outside internet.
If you don’t have a domain name we will provide you a PrivateRouter subdomain free of charge. All yearly reverse proxy plans come with a FREE custom domain of your choosing. If you already have a domain name it can be configured to point to your PrivateRouter reverse proxy.
Speeds are only limited by your local internet connection. We provide unlimited speeds and bandwidth but your loading times will be capped at your local internet download speed. The faster your internet connection is, the faster your self hosted websites will load.
No, you don’t have to use our self hosted web boxes with a reverse proxy and domain name although most apps work best with this configuration. Specify “local hosting” on checkout and we will ship the device with a .local domain that works only when connected to your private network.
Yes, tech savvy users who already have a self hosted web server onsite can still take advantage of our reverse proxy service. To install our proxy on an existing box purchase the reverse proxy subscription service and follow the setup instructions. PrivateRouter’s proxy is compatible with any Linux system and is easily deployed with our docker app.