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hey i wanna setup a file server just for my house..

i have a HTPC, my main rig.. and 3 - 4 other comps and possiably a laptop in and out of here sometimes..

i have a eeepc 701, i want to use as a low powered file server. with a external hhd or something of that nature

questions.
1. how can i set it all up so they can all connect to each other?
eg. can i have files on my main comp and goto the htpc or server? back and
forward

2. what OS will i need?
the server (eg. the eeepc 701 ) i want to connect to my other comps, which are mainly windows but lunix on a one of my laptops, what will i need to connect to all?

3. can i connect them all to a hub? them all on their.. and still have net through it all? sorry know next to nothing about networking/servers.. want to lean though.


i have wireless atm, but going to run a ethernet cable from the router into my room ( in other end of the house lol )
so i want to get a hub or something, so i can connectem all to that and then still have internet... if any 1 got what i just said lol

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Could try freenas, it can do windows shares with ease.

the only thing i can think of that might be problem is the ethernet port speed. though you could just in theory use your HTPC as im guessing its always on?
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Could try freenas, it can do windows shares with ease.

the only thing i can think of that might be problem is the ethernet port speed. though you could just in theory use your HTPC as im guessing its always on?
htpc.. umm sometimes but not always could leave it on lol
my main rig ( sig rig ) is folding ( for losias not ocn. lol ) and is 24/7 atm

upgrading htpc soonish to more of a gamming rig atm is a p4 2.6 dual 1gb ram and xp.. so slow and hardly gets used as tv is playing up as well >.>
but getting new tv soon
and then upgrade htpc..

but yeah true didnt think of that :/ its just randomly sitting here. touch pad died cbf ordering a new one yet lol


using the HTPC would be a good idea though lol
though i use windows xp. windows 7 when gets upgraded.
how would i share stuff between them all?
    
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If you decide to use Windows 7 as the OS of your server, one option is to use Windows 7's built in HomeGroup feature. Only problem with that is non-Windows 7 PCs won't be able to access it.

How familiar with Linux are you? Can use linux instead and setup a Samba Share on it.

Or if you are converting the HTPC to a server, you can use Freenas on it. Very simple way of creating a NAS that will be accessible by all your PCs.
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