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home media server?

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  1. pjs22

    pjs22 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Firstly sorry if this has been asked a lot but from looking around various forums I cant quite get the answer or guide on how best to do things.

    What I want to do (and apologies if i'm dreaming here) is create what i think is maybe a home server.

    I have an old sony viao laptop and an external hard drive that i would like to use as a media / file storage server that other devices in the house can download to/access/stream from. In an ideal world i'd also like to access from outside the house using other WiFi areas.

    The sony has windows Vista, other laptops in the house are windows 7 and windows 8 and i also have a blackberry playbook. Sharing the files on the sony with my PS3 is the only thing I've managed to do so far!

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. ETech7

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    Read this for sharing media in Windows on local network. Access from WAN can be setup later.
     
  3. pjs22

    pjs22 Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the response. I have this up and running now and is working between the laptops in the house.
    One concern I have is the potential power consumption of the laptop that serves the media. I have it set to run with the display off and have removed the battery. Is there any other power saving settings I could alter to reduce the consumption?
    Cheers
     
  4. ETech7

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    You are welcome.
    You can setup HDD to turn off after some time being not in use. Also, if network adapter is able to wake up your PC, you can let it go to sleep while not streaming and wake it up when needed using Wake on Lan.
     
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