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    I'm glad to be away from computers! I like the just have a computer that works if I use it at home- don't wanna be messing around with domain controllers, etc.

    So we have a router connecting mine and my house mates computers together and sharing the internet. Me and another housemate also have laptops which make use of the wireless.

    Normal setup!

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    I'm reading through this thread thinking you're all crazy, I have a PS3, Apple Airport Extreme, MacBook Pro and a 250Gb USB Hard Drive and Mono Laser Connected to the Airport Router. Thats it!.

    Then again I am reminded of my first network which I built some 6/7 years back when I first moved into my flat.

    Basically four old laptops.

    Laptop 1, Windows 98, USB ADSL Modem, running some software I can't remember the name of to share internet connection. This was my router.

    Laptop 2, Windows 95, Connected to a Parallel Colour Inkjet. My Print Server

    Laptop 3, Suse Linux

    Laptop 4, Windows ME

    All connected via a Netgear 100mbps 4-port hub using Belkin PCMCIA NICs.


    I am tempted to buy a good media server - maybe a Mac Mini, and the Slingbox looks interesting. Past that I find VMWare on my MacBook Pro does everything I need - Windows XP Pro and Linux From Scratch - so I have no need to litter my flat with noisy server boxes.

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    ive had to down scale my servers i use to have a load of compaq proliants the old 1s 2 x 4u used as domain controller and file shares had a 4u disk array and 3x 2u for web and other bits all nicely rakced in a dell half height rack

    now im tied down to a hp ml 110 and virtual servers tho i have a dell 1u for web,
    also i have a smoothbox, media center, 3 laptops, cisco 2600 router, 2x gb netgear switches, linksys modem and AP tho changin soon

    you can never hav too much equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by harmless View Post
    you can never hav too much equipment
    I suppose there is two ways to look at it......


    A) your electric bill is through the roof as you drain the national grid to keep your in-home LAN powered up 24/7.

    B) your heating bill is non-existent as your array of P4 Xeon servers provide better heating than your Economy-7 boiler

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    I suppose there is two ways to look at it......


    A) your electric bill is through the roof as you drain the national grid to keep your in-home LAN powered up 24/7.

    B) your heating bill is non-existent as your array of P4 Xeon servers provide better heating than your Economy-7 boiler
    Well you could run an extension lead into next doors house

    You get to run all your servers and get free heating!!!

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    Think I' ve done this before but hey:

    Proliant ML115 providing 8 vms (replaced the loud 92mm fan with a silent Nexus one).
    Fileserver providing NFS mounts for VMs, MythTV, and a few other odds and ends.
    Couple of laptops
    HP switch, m0n0wall running on a SBC, router.

    VMs are your friend - you can have multiple test machines without hammering the electricity bill or taking up unnecessary space. And stay away from ebays network hardware section - it's bad mm'kay?

    Having a home network to learn / add skills to CV / mess about is essential.

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    You provide your parents with a helpdesk?

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    With two kids under three I never seem to get time to use most of the kit I have at home, that plus the fact that I had to move all my kit into the loft to make way for a nursery.

    Kit at home includes the following:

    HP Proliant ML110 server running 2003 and a couple of VMs
    Two slim line media centre pcs in the two living rooms
    A Macbook, Macbook Pro and iMac
    Toshiba laptop
    Eee PC 701 and 901
    Advent and HP desktops
    1TB NAS with a 1TB external USB drive for backups
    PS3
    360 Elite
    Wii
    Netgear switch
    D Link MIMO wirelss router
    HP 2600n
    HP 2015dn

    Was lucky enough to redecorate the new place before we moved in so I was able to run cables to all the rooms to make sure they all had network connectivity.

    Looking through the list above and struggling to remember the last time I used most of the kit I would say it was possibly time to downsize

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    ... and the Slingbox looks interesting ...
    Give me a shout if you want to try one out, Ive got one wired into Sky at the moment.

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    never seem to get time to use most of the kit I have at home
    If your macbook pro is going spare.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    And stay away from ebays network hardware section - it's bad mm'kay?
    .
    I've just tapped out a bit on lottery fantasies in another thread. But yes another of my oh so said lottery dreams in the ebay network section...

    Sun Sparcs
    Silicon Graphics Indigo's
    Next Cubes
    Cisco routers
    Thin Clients

    oh the money I could spend, the electricity I could waste, the time I could kill...

    Just need my numbers to come up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    If your macbook pro is going spare.....
    My Macs would be last things on that list I would get rid of if I had to. They probably get the most use of all my kit at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    You provide your parents with a helpdesk?
    Funny!

    How exactly does the Slingbox work? I've heard about them but never really took much notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Funny!

    How exactly does the Slingbox work? I've heard about them but never really took much notice.
    Shush! i loose track of the jobs i have to do for them lol.. and its also used as basically i provide allot of support for community centres and they also log calls on there ...

    I know its weird but i dont care it works for me lol. :P

    James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post

    How exactly does the Slingbox work? I've heard about them but never really took much notice.
    Its got a built in encoder and takes the output from any video device and encodes it and streams it over the LAN / Internet. It varies the quality depending on the available bandwidth. For common things like Sky boxes etc theres a remote control thing so you can change the channels etc.

    If you want a play, download the slingplayer software from slingplayer.com and ill pm you the login details

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