I only see the port number as "special". Many ISP's block port 80 to avoid hosting (virus)websites. Please change it to the default 1194 (or alternatively 443, that is https which might be left open by your ISP). Changing tunnel protocol to UDP might help too.
Hang on @SouthernYankee: Omar says the VPN provider (not his ISP!) is willing to provide a static IP run a VPN server. That is, in my opinion, not really solving the issue - how to connect that service to your "internal LAN" is unclear to me (like you said: he needs to open various ports - which is, off course, not that wise today).A static address solves part of the problem, you will no longer need a send service.
But you still need to address security and encryption.
To access your system you will need to open a port on the router. This is not a very good idea.
I may have asked his before, can your modem/ router be put in pass through mode, so it no longer acts as a router, it uonly acts as a modem. You will need to ask your internet provider, or people that use your internet provider.
How much is your provider charging for the static IP.
Yeah a lot of experts post here and it gets intimidating but you learn. There are also a lot of newbies that will read your post that are more new to this than you and I so thanks for sharing as it really helps for the next person to avoid the little mistakes. As soon as I figure out my own setup I will post all steps and settings. I have been driving @catcamstar a bit crazy to say the least with a lot of dumb questions but almost there.Hi guys, you are all correct.
I rushed out and got a VPN but it was a client setup and not a server.... my bad!!!
I have spoken to the VPN provider, and they have said that they can offer me a dedicated IP address which I would then use to access my home network.
I think this seems the easiest option!!!!
It's definitely a steep learning curve!!!!