For home networks, it is very useful to have a file server. It allows you to easily backup the other computers on the network and to store files that are easily accessible to others.
While it's easy to buy a Network Attached Storage (NAS) file server, it isn't necessarily cheap. Since I have several older computers, I decided to use one as a file server after my Netgear SC101 failed.
The specifications of my computer are:
|Operating System||Windows XP Pro|
|CPU||PIII – 500 MHz (Slot 1)|
|RAM||384MB (2 x 128MB, 2 x 64MB)
SDRAM, PC100, 168 pin, 3.3V, ECC
Maximum 1024MB – 4 x 256MB
|Video Card||3DFX 9920 Interactive
|Sound Card||Sound Blaster Live!
|Modem||US Robotics Sportster
|Floppy Drives||1 x 3½”
1 x 5¼”
1 TB Seagate Barracuda (2 x RAID 1, Vantec UGT-ST220R, 150 MB/s – 2 Port SATA)
More to follow!