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Old computer as a Network Server

Discussion in 'General NAS Discussion' started by ap-alexander, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. ap-alexander

    ap-alexander New Around Here

    Nov 30, 2012
    Hi there, I have recently upgraded my main desktop and want to built my old computer into a network server. I have most of what I need, but I need help in completing it.

    Here's the information about my what I currently have:
    Old computer:
    An AMD Phenom II with 8GB of RAM, 40GB Intel SSD. It's built in an Antec 300 case with a 560W PSU and an Nvidia 9600GSO GPU. At the moment it's running Linux. (Ubuntu 12.10)

    Uses: (what I want the system to do)
    Pretty standard, really. I will use the server as main storage for media and documents, and will be streaming via ethernet to my TV via PS3. I would also love to be able to stream wirelessly to iOS devices and Apple TV. (I'm using the Apple TV to stream audio upstairs)

    Network hardware:
    This is a work in progress. I have a typical modem/router (Linksys dual band) setup. However, I have a 24 port patch panel (not installed) and have my eye on a 16-port unmanged gigabit switch to finish the build. I have network drops in the office, theater room, and one upstairs.

    What I want to know is, instead of getting the 16-port switch, can I easily (and relatively in-expensively) turn my old computer into a network switch? What do I need to buy? I will be getting a couple Western Digital Red 3TB drives, but as far as ethernet connectivity do I just get several network cards and install them? What software to I need to get it all up and running?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

    May 18, 2008
    Buy the switch. You don't want your computer acting as a switch or even a router if you plan on using it as a NAS,
  3. jdabbs

    jdabbs Super Moderator

    May 28, 2008
    The switch would cost less.

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