Home Servers, Gateways, Routers

So most of you reading this will already know my thoughts on contemporary web. My hashtag and personal pillar, #downloadTHISweb embodies a notion that we should all have private servers and internal intranets in our homes. These home servers should be accessed externally through our websites, which should come with our internet packages, not as features we have to buy business plans for.

One of my key notions here, is this idea that we already have hardware and software equipment installed in our homes capable of implementing my vision. In my home, we have an xFinity box that works as a gateway. A gateway is defined as:

A gateway is a node (router) in a computer network, a key stopping point for data on its way to or from other networks. Thanks to gateways, we are able to communicate and send data back and forth. The Internet wouldn’t be any use to us without gateways

What is a Gateway and What Does it Do? (  What Is My IP Address )

Now, a gateway is not exactly a server. What my vision suggests also includes an ability to host a site as our network’s entry point, or as a proxy to route all in-coming traffic. Our website would be like our phone number.

As written on Techwalla:

Both a proxy server and a gateway route traffic from inside a network to the Internet. A gateway, however, is more like a door to get to the Internet, while a proxy server acts like a wall that bars the inside of the network from being exposed to the Internet.

Difference Between a Proxy Server & a Gateway (Techwalla)

While my notions might seem ideal, they are very practical. We are already hosting(pun slightly intended) equipment necessary to serve websites from our home. Any extra charges are simply exorbitant fees reducing a free and equal internet. Our gateways and routers installed by our Internet Service Providers are actually running software necessary for us to present our own opinions without yet another middle person.