World building is harder than it looks! The Resident Geek and I have spent some hours now, bouncing between settings menus, user manuals, forum posts, and trying and re-trying to get a region connected to OSGrid. It runs OK, and we can see it on the map, but it's not accessible.
It seems to be some sort of port forwarding issue...in the FIOS router, the LAN router, the software firewall, or the OpenSim .ini settings. Or possibly something called a "loopback" issue. Whatever it is, we have not yet hit the magic combination of buttons to fix it. When the Geek started opening Advanced settings windows with the warning, "changing stuff here could cause your computer to stop working and render Iowa uninhabitable," I called a halt.
I must make a bit of a correction to some earlier posts about OSGrid...I've been saying they have between 6,000 and 7,000 regions. Yesterday, they had about 9,500! Wow, such explosive growth, I thought. But the OSGrid website explained that because the regions of the grid are user-hosted, they come and go with great abandon. The "regions on the grid" number is a lot more like Second Life's "residents online now" number...it changes a LOT. In fact, it changes so fast that OSGrid says even the published number can be off by 50%. Certainly my poor little region of St Alda was on again, off again all day yesterday! Talk about a world in flux.
Whew. What we need here is a geeky high school student.