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Turning old laptop into home server? (downloading)

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#1 dang3rou5


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:47 PM

So I have an old laptop that is catching dust. (512MB RAM/Intel Celeron M processor/40GB HDD). I was wondering can I use my laptop as home server?
Ideally this is what I would like it to do:
Power on laptop (server) remotely when required (by having it connected to my network through ethernet)
I want to be able to access these files internally (don't want to remotely access them (through internet))
I want to be able to turn it off when required.
I want to be able to use RDP to use a web browser or install a torrent client so I can initiate my downloads.
I am starting to check out OS like Free NAS, but wondering what are my options and is all of the above possible? My aim here is to just be able to use this laptop for downloading and then being able to access it remotely within my internal network.

Edited by dang3rou5, 21 June 2013 - 01:49 PM.

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