Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetComputer Networking · 8 years ago

Will this make for a good home server?

My friend has an old computer, my brother is keen to give me his old 17" monitor and kb and mouse. They're both going to give them. I want to use these parts to make a home server, host a website, e-mail and home printer. I already have a pretty good computer, but the spare one would help me. The computer has the following specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz



Windows XP Professional (should stay with this or go for a open source one - recommended me one)

Should I get it?

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    Several years ago I converted a old PC to a networked storage device and print server. It was a lot of work to get setup and although it did function, i would rate it's performance marginal at best.

    I didn't like the space it took up, the power it used and the massive amount of heat that it dissipated (I live in Arizona). When the price of NAS (Networked Attached Storage) drives came down, I bought one, I believe it was a SimpleShare. The thing took up very little space, ran cool, and performed better than my old server.

    Since then I have added two more NAS devices. I wanted some redundancy so I got a Netgear 2 bay NAS with 2 TB drives in a raid one configuration. When I wanted to stream my DVD collection, I needed more space so I added a Synology DS212J with a pair of 4 TB drives.

    If you're in the market for a NAS, I would highly recommend the Synology line. By far the best user interface and features. It runs Linux and is highly configurable. I am running YAMJ on the NAS for my DVD Popcorn Hour media center. It includes a download server, media server, by user security, and too many other features to list.

    If you're on a tight budget, or just want to learn from configuring a server you might want to play with your old server. However if you want a high performance, energy saving solution, I would look at the NAS.

    Good Luck...

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