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I did a little searching, and it seems I have the supplies necessary so far to do my own little home server setup. I'm not a networking guy, because there is too much stuff I don't understand and it will annoy me lol, but I did just manage to setup a PFSense router/firewall using an old E-Machines I had, a hacked up microsoft switch, and a wrt54g to broadcast wireless signal.

What I also have is another HP machine with a single core Athlon.
I also can use a m4n78 pro with 720 BE + 4gb of ram.

What I want, is about 2TB of storage space that I can access from any computer in the house (of course) but I would also like to be able to access it from any remote location not on the LAN.

I don't want to spend any money, so I would like to use Linux for the server or W7 if that would be better.

Is it okay that the router and firewall are on the same machine? I of course want to be safe from outside attack, would it be safer to use one machine as PFSense router only, one machine as firewall, and one machine to serve?

I am completely new to all this, been wanting to do so for a while, and since I finally tackled the PFsense router today I would like to carry my networking mood to finish the rest if I can lol
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If you used linux you could just put your files up via FTP via the wan and use samba to make the files viewable on your windows machines...
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If you used linux you could just put your files up via FTP via the wan and use samba to make the files viewable on your windows machines...
That sounds easy...and secure?

So I can just setup Ubuntu on another machine with my storage drives, connect it to my switch which is connected to the PFSense box, and then via Samba I can store/access all my files on the Ubuntu machine? Then when I am not on my LAN, I can just FTP into the server to access any file I want?
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I'd consider, Freenas (freebsd) i've used it multiple times, and it works a treat, and has a great webgui which has pretty tight security features
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Basicly yeah:
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That sounds easy...and secure?

So I can just setup Ubuntu on another machine with my storage drives, connect it to my switch which is connected to the PFSense box, and then via Samba I can store/access all my files on the Ubuntu machine? Then when I am not on my LAN, I can just FTP into the server to access any file I want?
Well, what we do at my school is use the openssh-server package which supports SFTP(secure FTP) so the transmission of data is encrypted with your RSA key. So just make sure when you connect you use SFTP, and make sure you have port 22 open to the server you're using. TADA.
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Exactly. Build a nice FreeNAS box out of it, and for outside transfers just connect through ssh. You can also "vpn" into your network from the outside, which would make things even easier. I bet PFSense supports something like this.
    
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I like where this is going since I've been wanting to do the same
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Are you trying to set up just a basic network or in windows 7 know as a homegroup or wan, or a Domain which is actually controlled by server software? The differences are:
The main applications of Homegroup is to enable sharing between multiple computers and the administrator of this can set up permissions to monitor what is shared between users on the network. This function can also be used to connect to printers that are connected to another computer on your network or that have wireless capibilities.
Setting up a server does accomplish similar tasks but a good server software such as server 2008 will usually cost you around $999. Server is a great use of software and i can help you set it up if thats the way you want to go. A server on a network has the highest level permissions and allows you to override any administrator serves that you have conntected to your domain.
I hope this gave you some insite into what you hope to do. If you require assistance in setting up your network just post. Goodluck mate
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Are you trying to set up just a basic network or in windows 7 know as a homegroup or wan, or a Domain which is actually controlled by server software? The differences are:
The main applications of Homegroup is to enable sharing between multiple computers and the administrator of this can set up permissions to monitor what is shared between users on the network. This function can also be used to connect to printers that are connected to another computer on your network or that have wireless capibilities.
Setting up a server does accomplish similar tasks but a good server software such as server 2008 will usually cost you around $999. Server is a great use of software and i can help you set it up if thats the way you want to go. A server on a network has the highest level permissions and allows you to override any administrator serves that you have conntected to your domain.
I hope this gave you some insite into what you hope to do. If you require assistance in setting up your network just post. Goodluck mate
I already have a homegroup setup, share media and printers from within the house.

But what I would like, is to be able to easily let friends download music of files from my ~200gb music collection.

Alternatively, just wondering what type of setup it takes to do something like host a site is "simply" for hosting images and files, and has a directory of the media I choose to have on that machine?
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