Dizzy--thanks. You are right==I want to use a pc as a storage device for two other computers. Seems to me if I just set it up across a home based wired LAN to share files, then no new software is needed and it can be used as a "back up" computer to access internet and what not. Regarding redundancy--if the same file is on two computers, isn't that redundant?==or do you mean something else??
Mr. Belvedere--I guess "ALL" software calls itself stable and wonderful and the results in the real world are totally mixed??
1--Now my LAN already "hosts" files--ie, they are available to the other computers on the LAN==isn't that all "host" means--or is there more?
2--Likewise, Backup to a location over a LAN is a menu choice I have seen, although I haven't used it yet.
3--I have no need to stream media, but seems to me this can be done over a LAN as well?
4--As far as being 100% available and/or two computers needing to be one==thats true of the server as well? If its not on, its not available?
I've read about FreeNAS and I would try to use that if I find I want a Home Server because a LAN doesn't work. Maybe it has matured over the last year or so but my reading showed alot of people not being able to get their systems to "see" the NAS. My experience with a two computer LAN tells me it does everything a Home Server does without anything new to buy, install or learn. BUT I know it is easy to not understand something until you buy it and play with it.
Any other ideas? //// bobbo.