Norwegian Computer Nerd Friendly ISPs

After VBOX was finished, I realized that my ISP wasn’t very computer nerd friendly. They didn’t really allow their customers to set up hobby servers in their network and they blocked several standard ports.

I decided to try to find a Norwegian ISP that allows me to set up a small server without too much traffic and didn’t block the ports I needed. I’ve summarized what I found in the table below.

The information is available in both

English
English and
Norway
Norwegian for obvious reasons.

Update: As the information started to come in from the various ISPs, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out many of them actually allowed hobby servers and didn’t block any ports. There are obviously quite a few potential ISPs for nerds like me. Good times.

English
English version

Provider Allows hobby server HTTP FTP SSH SMTP
Canal Digital 1 NA NA NA NA NA
Combitel 2 NA NA NA NA NA
DataGuard Y Y Y Y Y
Direct Connect Y Y Y Y Y
Fortel U U U U U
Freewave U U U U U
Get N N N N N
Hesbynett AS Y Y Y Y Y
Monet Y Y Y Y Y
NextGenTel U U U U U
Nutel U U U U U
Smartcall ASA 1 NA NA NA NA NA
SSC Networks N U U U U
Start.no Y Y Y Y Y
Tele2 N U U U U
Telenor Y Y Y Y Y
Ventelo Norge N U U U U

Legend: Y = Yes, N = No, U = Unknown. The information was not explicitly available on the ISP’s homepage, so an e-mail was sent to collect it but they have yet to reply.

Last update: 2007-07-24

Disclaimer: Things change over time and his information may or may not be correct when you read it. Please contact the ISPs directly to obtain the most accurate information.

Norway
Norsk versjon

Provider Allows hobby server HTTP FTP SSH SMTP
Canal Digital 3 X X X X X
Combitel 4 X X X X X
DataGuard J J J J J
Direct Connect J J J J J
Fortel U U U U U
Freewave U U U U U
Get N N N N N
Hesbynett AS J J J J J
Monet J J J J J
NextGenTel U U U U U
Nutel U U U U U
Smartcall ASA 3 X X X X X
SSC Networks N U U U U
Start.no J J J J J
Tele2 N U U U U
Telenor J J J J J
Ventelo Norge N U U U U

Tegnforklaring: X = Ikke aktuelt, J = Ja, N = Nei, U = Ukjent. Informasjon var ikke tilgjengelig på internettleverandørens hjemmeside, og en mail ble sendt for å innhente nødvendig informasjon, men den er enda ikke besvart.

Sist oppdatert: 24.07.2007

Viktig: Ting forandrer seg over tid og informasjonen som er tilgjengelig her kan være feil når du leser den. Ta derfor alltid kontakt direkte med internettleverandøren for å innhente oppdatert informasjon.


  1. The ISP was unable to deliver to apartment so I didn’t bother to dig up the necessary information. ↩︎

  2. The ISP homepage was down and kind of said all about them, I guess. ↩︎

  3. Internettleverandøren kunne ikke levere til min adresse, så jeg brydde meg ikke med å innhente informasjonen. ↩︎

  4. Internettleverandørens hjemmeside var ikke tilgjengelig, og det sier vel en del om dem. ↩︎


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