Thursday, January 29, 2004 02:57 PM
I suppose it would depend on the NAT in the cable modem or at the provider. (NAT = Network Address Translation, the mapping between your "private IP" and "public IP")
But, are you expecting that you can access services hosted on machine A, from some other machine B, where machine A is on your private network behind your cable modem, but machine B is elsewhere on the Internet, e.g. is NOT on that same private local network? This would depend on your provider's policy, if it allows server connections inbound, if the source routing will work out right with the NAT for how your service works, etc.
If both machine A and machine B are on your private local net, then there is no reason why you cannot access services, from machine B, at the "private IP" address of machine A, since that is entirely valid, within that local network segment (it just is not routed to any other network segment, that's what makes it "private").