View Full Version : Setting up a server

01-18-2006, 04:41 PM
Hello guys once again. I need to get a server running at home. My router is crapping out and I am tired of wasting money on them. I also need this server to enable the 4 computers in my home to share the same printer. Would Windows Server be good for running this setup or getting a distro of Linux, and which one? Any help would be greatly appriciated, or even links to tutorials I could use. Thanks :)


01-20-2006, 04:19 AM
Humm...I think you need something like IIS, I tired to do it for my website but I wouldn't get it to work. I have a netgear router, and BLAH it sucks with IIS. If you want to try IIS on a Windows Server then go here: http://www.no-ip.com/support/guides/web_servers/setting_up_iis.html.

Wish you best of luck!

01-20-2006, 03:11 PM
IIS wouldn't help if you want to share printers - that's Microsoft's Web server platform. I take it you only want to share printers or do you want to serve web pages and run PHP etc? If so, you'll need either Apache and IIS. Windows XP can allow you to share a printer between 4 computers, because I do it.

You can however get Windows Server 2003, although that'd be overkill and a unnecessary expense if you don't have a large network that you will utilise the full potential of that OS.

Do you only want to share printers (and files?) between your computers on your home LAN or do you want to set up a server to run web server software and serve web pages and share files / printers?

Whatcha mean by "your router's crapping out?"


01-30-2006, 04:12 PM
Well, first of all, unless you feel like spending $500 or more on a Windows Server Edition license, this seems like a poor way for a HOME. I mean, it's a home, not a business...

Linux is the way to go if, in fact you do want a server. But you say you "need" one. Very few people "need" a server in their house.

Routers don't have a tendency of failing. You say you're having issues and that "I am tired of wasting money on them". How many have you gone through?! Something else is wrong if you go through them like socks...

And BTW, a server won't allow you to share an internet connection, that's exactly what a router is for. If you do setup a server, you'd have to configure it to act like a router.

And as for the printer, you don't need a server to be built for that, either. You can either share the printer from a PC (which basically means that as long as the computer is on, the printer is accessible from the other machines), buy a print server for it (a little box that allows actual networking), or simply configure the internal print server IN the printer you have (if it has one). What kind of printer?

Bottom line is that I doubt you "need" a server. If you want one, great. Either spend the money for Windows or use linux. I use linux personally. But I have a file server, mail server, web server, MySQL database, ftp server, etc, etc running. Linux is a great way to setup a cheap server, but you have to know what you're doing, above and beyond simply installing linux. There is no one-stop shop for setting one up. If you use a web server, you'll want to read Apache docs. File server? Samba docs. Mail server? Sendmail, postfix, whatever docs...

It takes time to learn. Unless you have that time, or are willing to fight wqith it for a while, stick to the easy thing, keep your router/switch, and use basic Windows workgroup sharing...


01-30-2006, 04:41 PM
If you want to run a Web server from home, make sure that it doesn't violate the terms of agreement with your ISP. For example, I have cable Internet access and my ISP does not allow you to run a server from home. In fact, if you do too much uploading, my ISP will place a cap on your account to prevent you from uploading! For a long time I used to share files over Kazaa, and after I had uploaded "x" amount of megabytes, my ISP severely restricted my ability to upload.

01-31-2006, 01:17 AM
If you do want to make a linux internet router, I'd suggest checking out Smoothwall: http://www.smoothwall.org/ I'd say go with the 2.0 release and not the 3.0 alpha but nonetheless, it is very easy to setup and has a good web interface to manage the router from. There are also a lot of modifications you can do that are documented in the forums to add extra functionality.