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Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in Servers

What is the benefit of having a Home server?

My family has three main computers that we use, and sometimes we use devices that connect to the internet, like phones. We also have a laptop but it is hardly used. What would be the benefit of using a server? What do they actually do to improve computing? And how much would a home server cost?
Thanks very much
Lyall

It really depends upon how you use the computers.

My husband and I have a Linux server. It acts as our mail server, so we can each read our mail from anywhere in the house. It also acts as a central file storage location. For example, I edit video on my Mac, copy the file to the server, then we view it from the PC connected to the large screen TV. A server at a basic level offers you a central location for shared files. You can also use it to run applications, like a web server for your home. My husband has a wiki for his projects that's hosted on the web server.

Cost will vary. We're both geeks, so when we upgraded our computers we slapped a copy of Linux on my old one and set it up as a server. This made it essentially free. If you don't know Linux then there will be a learning curve. You can also set up a Wndows PC as a server, although it will be more limited.

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