Find a VPS web host for your IP Changing relay
Before I tell you how to search for a VPS service, here's what to look for while searching:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A VPS HOST:
- [MOST IMPORTANT] You are going to need a linux VPS (even if your home computer is Windows or Mac, the VPS must be LINUX Operating System). In addition, there are also various versions of the linux operating system. You want the operating system known as "Debian". Other good choices are "Ubuntu" or "CentOS", but you'd have to figure out how to adapt my instructions.
- [IMPORTANT] The second main thing you'll want to consider when selecting a VPS plan is the amount of bandwidth (traffic) included. If your IP relay is for personal use, a very large bandwidth package is probably not necessary.
- [OPTIONAL] If the VPS provider gives you a choice "control panel", choose "Webmin" or "no control panel". If they don't give you a choice of control panel, or if their options are different, just select anything that's free (you don't actually need a control panel, but it doesn't matter if they require you to have one and it's free).
- [OPTIONAL] Their are two very common "infrastructures" that VPS web hosts use: Virtuozzo and XEN. In general, XEN will be more reliable and flexible for you. However, this is not required.
HOW TO SEARCH FOR A VPS HOST:
Now that you know what to look for, comparison shopping via Google is pretty easy. Your Google search can be for keywords like "VPS", "VPS hosting", "cheap VPS", "budget VPS", "VPS web hosting", "virtual private server", "XEN vps", etc.
If want to setup your IP relay in a country other than where you're currently located, then be sure to use the Google homepage for that country. For example:
Hong Kong: www.google.com.hk
United Kingdom: www.google.co.uk
Prices will vary quite a bit, ranging from as low as $5/month to over $50/month. Given that you're only using this as an "alternate" IP address, and not running mission-critical websites or applications, you probably don't need to worry about getting anything more than a small account.
Signing up for your VPS account
Sometimes the web host will ask for your domain name. However, you don't really need a domain name - so you can do either one of the following:
- Leave that blank if it's an option (let them assign a VPS name), or...
- Enter a dummy/placeholder domain name. For example, "nodomainset.com" is one that I've used.
*It's important to note that the domain name may be viewable if someone looks up info about your IP address (it will appear as your IP address's "host name"). Therefore, more "anonymity" will be achieved by using a host name issued by the VPS company (option 1), rather than a domain name you own.
After registering and activating your VPS account, the company will usually send you a welcome email. In that email there should be three important pieces of information:
- Your VPS's IP address
- Your VPS username (usually it will be "root")
- Your VPS/root password
That's all you'll need to begin setup of your IP relay!
Click back to continue with installation of your IP relay.