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My issue starts, I was trying to install freeNAS to use, but is not accessable on the wireless side of the network (due to the wired router being a physically different device from the wireless one. I can log on to the netcontrol from the laptops, but they do not see the nas server.). Well, that tells me I need to use something different, maybe a linux of some sort.

anyway, diverging. The hardware is:
  • P8P67WS Rev
  • Celeron G540
  • 8GB DDR3-1600
  • GT210
  • 2x 750GB in RAID1

what I need help with is finding what to do (without going too far over my head) to make a basic fileserver that is viewable from different networks (we do have static IP). I have experience in using Linux, so if it is possible to use that, I prefer to (due to $$ factors).

thanks in advance.
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You could install Ubuntu server, and setup your HDD as a SAMBA file server with no restriction on read/write access. As long as your two home networks can communicate with each other you should be able to SSH into the file server for maintenance from any PC in the house. I recently did a similar setup with a 2TB HDD and it works great until I can get something else together.

I used this guide to setup mine: https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/serverguide/samba-fileserver.html

Once you have your SAMBA share folder setup, you could consider install plex media center, and access your media from any pc.
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I am just going to put this on hold for a bit and do a lot more research into it.
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Have you considered if one of the routers supports VPN?
If you can somehow pool them together, then you'd be able to use local IPs and keep the server from being reachable outside of the network. Or at least a DMZ.

Also, if you need help on any step, we might be able to help with researching. smile.gif
I run a similar Samba setup at work using a local IP for the fileserver and a VPN for outside access and I've set a file server up for a friend with user-level authentication for public access.

Which Linux distro(s) do you prefer, do you want a GUI or are you planning for CLI management? I suppose it will be a headless server.
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I very seriously doubt that they do. The DSL line comes into a Westell A90 router (the wireless broadcast is broken), and the wireless router is a $20 linksys from the local walmart (It does 150Mb/s link speed, so it can't be that now end?)


I perfer Debian based (ubuntu falls under that). Really any of them will work. It is running crunchbang 11 right now, while it is being used as a backup while the laptop is down for repairs. I'll get back to making a server out of it when the laptop parts get here.
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I thought you'd say Debian. tongue.gif
Regarding the Crunchbang, I really liked the Waldorf review ^^
Have to give it a shot, and soon will.

A $20 you say.. Hm. /shrug I still have hopes up, what's the model?

Other than that, if you are already experiencing higher speeds on other devices connected to the WL, it's quite likely to be the adapter of the server itself. Sadly, I have no other ideas besides the already mentioned. However, I will be looking forward to an update. Keeping fingers crossed. thumb.gif
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Okay, so sorry for taking so long to get back to you. Been trying to fix my laptop (not so successfully) . And to correct my earlier post, it is a Netgear (not linksys) WNR1000. Decent little router for what it is. It runs 150Mb/s (802.11n) wireless, which should just under half the time to transfer large datas from the westell 54Mb/s that the phone company gave us (only being used as the DSL interface now. So to trace the route, it comes in off the pole as DSL (RJ11), connects to the Westell router, and then connects to the WNR1000 which has direct access to the computers via Ethernet and Wireless N band.)

Wardolf is what I am running right now too. Decent little improvement, but they still have not nailed down the USB install. Would be much helpful if they could just do a .img release like PCBSD does.

So now I am pretty much waiting for some help on material or ideas on how to set up a server that can hold just about anything and be accessable from any network. Basically I can do what I want (more or less) with freenas, but it is limited to the same network. So what happens If I want to get something from home while being 250 miles away? See the issue there?
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