whats the best way to build a cheap small quiet file and print server

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  1. mace

    mace i don't read

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    I'm looking for some suggestions.

    I want to build a small form factor file and print server so I can use it to share files and to hook up a printer to it. That's all I want to do.

    What is the best/cheapest way to do this?
     
  2. HardTech

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    Buy a used system or put one together yourself... an old Celeron or Sempron chip will be perfect and cheap

    if you have an ethernet connection, plug it in and start sharing

    if not, put in a wireless card and start sharing
     
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    Boogieman117 PSN: Boogieman117

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    Build a box that defines 'barebones'.

    Make a folder on the root, call it "Files". Share it for Everyone.

    Find a NIC. Install it, and hook it to the network.

    Install the printer on the computer and share the printer on the box.
     
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    wtfmate OT Resident mafia insider

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    Use *nix as your OS for the WIN! :)
     
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    that's plenty - you're stoked
     
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    yeah, i'm waiting for my dad to give up his old computers from his dental office. one is total crap, 233mhz pentium 1.
    the other is crap too, but usable, it's 700 mhz duron, compaq with 768 megs of ram.
    i'm actually going to put xp on it, because i like to use the remote desktop thing.

    although, i should just put win2000 or linux and use some vnc program. recommend one?
     
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    mace i don't read

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    Well I know how to hook up and set the server up. I just want to know what parts I should use. Should I go mini-itx? That would be the smallest way to do it because all I would have to do is add a processor, ram, and a raid card, and some hard drives. Plus I would have to find a case that would be perfect for what I want to do. I'm not exactly sure how well mini-itx boards perform and they are kinda expensive.

    I was actually thinking of using freebsd or some linux distro because I'm not going to have this thing hooked up to a monitor (just to set it up) and I would don't want to buy a xp license for this project. I've played around with linux before and I don't think setting up samba will be a problem. debian taught me how to use some popular command lines.
     
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    I built a mATX system using a SFF case a few months ago (Silverstone Sugo SG-01). I've never had more problems trying to build a computer. You're much better off building it in a mini-tower or something similar.
     
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    You can BUY a little appliance that will do this. Don't rebuild the wheel.
     
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    link?
     
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    I can't remember the site, but somewhere there's a group dedicated to homebrew routers.....build one, throw in a couple hard drives, you should be good to go, I'd think....
     

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