Considering opening up an account here, was wondering if I would be able to open up ports on my server?

September 19, 2014 1.7k views

Hey guys. I am working on a mobile application that talks to a webserver to store information in a data base. Most of this is relatively straightforward and I've got it all working on my shared hosting. However, I want my server to be able to send push notifications. For that to happen, I need to be able to open a socket connection to and on port 2195. My current web host lets me open up ports on a ticket by ticket basis, but the process is really slow, things just aren't working right, and I am powerless to debug my server as I do not have access to anything.

Does anyone do something similar here ? Would I be able to do all this with a server from Digitial Ocean?

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  • I think all the ports are wide open... Rather in my CentOS I needed to follow their guide to turn on the firewall (IPtable or something) to close ports..

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Unlike shared hosting, you get full root access to your servers. Of course with that power come the responsibility to manage and configure them yourself. That includes implementing firewalling. Of course IPtables is available by default, but it's up to you to configure it how you see fit. So, yes you can open any port you wish.

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