I'm planing to get a new laptop in the next few months and was thinking about what to do with the old when I started wondering if it was possible to use it as cloud server so I can access my files any anywhere. If not has anyone tried pogoplug?
asked Nov 11 '10 at 14:02
yes. you just need to set port forwarding ftp in your router and install filezilla server in windows
answered Nov 11 '10 at 14:41
there are a couple issues with this: FTP is not secure by any means... so private documents should not be on there
another issue is port forwarding (which is easily overcame).
you would open a door into your private network... which puts all your computers at risk, if you are prepared for this then go for it.
but the final issue is a lot of home ISPs block the use of incoming server requests for home use. this is both for security and profit (they can charge more if you get a business line.) in addition to that you need to have a constant unchanging IP address... if it changes you need to know what the new one is... this could be a problem.
i would use a striped down version of Linux on it that you can telnet/ssh into.
answered Nov 11 '10 at 15:19
for the dynamic ip part... setup an account here: (referral link) http://firstname.lastname@example.org
been using it for years, love it.
answered Nov 12 '10 at 02:02
possibly aslong as the laptop isn't too old and can manage to run appropriate OS and software needed to run a Cloud network.
answered Nov 15 '10 at 13:23