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using an old P100 as a home server
dman Dec-20-00 10:19 PM
Thanks for helping me with this. I have an old P100 with <1gig HD and 24 RAM. I would like to use it to network my house (3 pc's) primarily for internet access (ADSL). I am using the 1st ed of win 98.

I am wondering what is the best s/w to use to get this less than optimal machine to perform as a server. Should i just get the 2nd ed of win 98 and work through a hub and peer conections?

Any other ideas?


1. RE: using an old P100 as a home server
lbyard Dec-21-00 00:21 AM
In response to message 0
I would buy a router/switch such as the SMC Barricade (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm) and forget leaving that old clunker on all of the time and burning-up more energy than you need to do the job. They cost about $100 and work much better than a PC with Internet sharing software. It is the only thing you have to have on all the time to access the Internet from any of the PC's. Larry

2. RE: using an old P100 as a home server
1skydive Dec-28-00 05:48 PM
In response to message 0
Install Linux. It'll work perfectly on that machine. It's free and it'll also act as your firewall for your DSL line. Nothing to buy.... what a deal!

3. RE: using an old P100 as a home server
lbyard Dec-28-00 10:45 PM
In response to message 2
I'll add my 2 cents to this one... Linux might be free if you do not value your time. Standby for steep learning curve. A router is cheaper and works better than anything else. Larry

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