Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. ×

Submission + - Ultra low power home servers - what are my options 1

An anonymous reader writes: OK Slashdot — I'm looking for suggestions. While at work and away from home, I find that it would often be nice to have access to a trusted machine.

The problem is, leaving on my desktop PC is completely overkill, as the functions I need are quite simple.

Does anyone have any suggestions for low power device that could handle the following functions?

1. A way to securely connect to the machine and use it as a proxy to instant message, email, etc. (I don't want my work reading everything I write)

2. The ability to download files overnight, via FTP or bittorrent, to an SD card / USB drive / etc. I realize that some routers currently have this feature.

3. (more demanding) A secure web browser that lets me browse from work with privacy

Now, option #3 probably means this will end up being something closer to a small form factor / atom-based custom PC, but that's really more than I want to spend. Additionally, these will probably draw more power than necessary.

Are there any options out there for around $50-$100 that could let me do the very basics? I recall reading about some PC's that plug directly into the electrical outlet, but they seemed to have limited functionality.

What do you think?
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Ultra low power home servers - what are my options

Comments Filter:
  • The MSI Wind PC [] alone costs $100-$130, and you need to add RAM($10-20) and a CF card($10-20+) or HDD($40+). It's the cheapest, modern, full fledged x86 PC, that I'm aware of.

    I bought an open box version for ~100 shipped a few months back. The open box unit had all the needed hardware. I'd guess they're mostly returns from people that didn't like the unit.

    I installed Ubuntu on a 4gb CF card, from a USB flash drive. And used a 1gb SODIMM I had left over after upgrading my laptop's RAM.

    It's been a per

All constants are variables.