HOWTO: Linksys – EA9500 / AC5400 & hosting your own Websites

I have an EA9500 Smart Router and when I activated this and turned my ASUS RT-N66U into an Access Point, I found myself unable to access the websites I hosted myself.

Well, for Linksys, there’s an enabled FEATURE, that just so stops this from working properly aka, breaks NAT loopback.

Here’s the symptom.

On the network at home, you can’t get to your website.

Pop over to your phone / LTE – there’s your site.

Go back onto WiFi – WHERE IS MY SITE?!?!

Linksys says that hosting your own website isn’t supported:

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This is just SILLY — the EA9500 costs ~$400 and has an 8-port switch; it’s not for the casual user.

Much to Linksys’ chagrin, this can be done.

Under:”Connectivity” / “Administration”

Uncheck:  “Express Forwarding”
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You. Are. Welcome.