|ok so I have searched the net and not found what I am looking for.. (it is after all a very big place)|
I want to create a home server. This is what I want it to do...
1. I want to connect a usb printer to it and be able to print from any of the 6 pc's in my house on that one printer.
2. I want it to be able to be a development server for my home network (i.e. create/edit etc. ) using php & sql
3. I would also like to be able to connect to my development server from OUTSIDE my own LAN !SECURLY! as a read only.
4. I would like it to cost NOTHING (or as close to that as possible)
Ok.. here is the WHY...
The printer issue is fairly straight forward.. I only have one printer and need to share it between 6 computers. The other bit is not so straight forward.
I am teaching myself PHP and also SQL. I want to be able to have a database collection of all my customers, (their names, addresses, contact details, etc).
I want to be able to develop this at home working from any one of the 6 PC's I have and then... once it is finished and up and running... be able to access that information from, eg. a customers house, so I can easly show them any information I may need while I am there. (previous jobs etc).
I understand that the database and front end of it are down to me. What I need help with is setting up the "server" in the first place. I have an old PC that I will use as the server.
Any help or pointers on this would be greatly accepted.
(there is more info I can give if needed)