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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-30-2010, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Help with a home network

Help with home network

I recently moved, and am working on rebuilding my in-home network.

The network consists of a DLS Modem/4 port wired/wireless G router, with a Dell Dimension 4600i (re-cased in a generic mid-tower) plugged into one of the 4 ports. A Samsung CPL-310 is plugged into the Dell, allowing me to print from any one of three laptops that are wireless. A second desktop is slated to go online in the near future if I can get the right cable.

Before I moved, I used this set-up very easily. The ‘server’ Dell desktop was always powered on, and would handle music storage and video storage for us, as well as play “print server” for us. It was in a closet with a monitor facing out so we could monitor it and take care of issues when needed (Windows updates, etc). Life was good.

Well, I had to move. When I moved, I left my old monitor behind hoping I would be able to get one in North Dakota. Well, I did, but it came with a computer that I have set up for my kids. The new network closet is very close to my TV, and I’ve got s-video capabilities on the TV – in the past I’ve had a video card with an s-video output, and wonder a few things…

Since I don’t have a monitor hooked to the print-server any more, is there an easy (CHEAP!) way to set up a remote desktop so that I can poke around on the print-server from my own desktop? Or, is there a suggestion on what video card I can add to the Dell (on a budget) that has s-video out so that I can use my TV as a simple monitor for answering error messages, that sorta thing?

I don’t recall the motherboard model, but here are some pictures of it.
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How about buying a cheap monitor for the "server"?
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I've thought about that - but two issues present... one, the 'server' has some video stored on it that would be nice to watch on the TV... and the other issue is that the computer closet isn't easily accessable and has a closed door.

Heh, and it is something that has already been done. HEhehehhe
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Will this fit the slot I show above?

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Heh, maybe I should post better pics of the port.





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And yes, there are 5 cooling fans in there... two on in the power supply, one on the processor, one on the back of the case, and then one on two of the three hard drives... and yes, those are wire nuts holding some of the hard drive power connectors together - it was all I had, and the power supply was short one connector because it wasn't originally used for powering an SATA drive.
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I suggest allowing remote desktop on the server. Enable Remote Desktop. Set the server to have a login password. Give the server a static IP. Setup your router for port forwarding and then you can access the server from any PC in the house as long as you know the servers IP. Simple. Free
For port forwarding help refer to: http://portforward.com/
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And if you still want to connect to TV to watch video...and s video is the best input you have on your TV......Add a cheap graphics card to the dell...Something like the nvidia 6200,... it is a pci card so it should fit the dell, has s video output with decent TV encoder,enough on board memory to handle s video and should not be over $40...the s video will not be the quality of the VGA monitor but should be satisfactory for basic videos..Adjust the graphics card settings to output the maximum resolution of your TV, so the server and video card will do any signal processing instead of the TV....Add an audio cable and a cheap wireless mouse with a usb extension cable to place the mouse's usb adapter closer to the tv , and use the mouse for your remote control....

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I suggest allowing remote desktop on the server. Enable Remote Desktop. Set the server to have a login password. Give the server a static IP. Setup your router for port forwarding and then you can access the server from any PC in the house as long as you know the servers IP. Simple. Free
For port forwarding help refer to: http://portforward.com/
I like that idea, I follow 90% of what you are saying, I'll have to explore the link to fill in the gaps... I think that's the route I may go with, in conjunction with the quote below...

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And if you still want to connect to TV to watch video...and s video is the best input you have on your TV......Add a cheap graphics card to the dell...Something like the nvidia 6200,... it is a pci card so it should fit the dell, has s video output with decent TV encoder,enough on board memory to handle s video and should not be over $40...the s video will not be the quality of the VGA monitor but should be satisfactory for basic videos..Adjust the graphics card settings to output the maximum resolution of your TV, so the server and video card will do any signal processing instead of the TV....Add an audio cable and a cheap wireless mouse with a usb extension cable to place the mouse's usb adapter closer to the tv , and use the mouse for your remote control....
I think I'll do that... I found a few on eBay that I think I'll go with... can anyone tell me, the green expansion slot on the mother board - what flavor of slot is that? Is that an AGP?
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If you have any more questions on how to setup any of the remote desktop you can PM me on here and I will reply as soon as possible. IT is what I do. And according to your mobo specs the green slot is an AGP. Your best bet is a PCI video card
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So, is a PCI card better than an AGP? Not that I need ANYTHING fancy, but I would have thought that an AGP would be better to go with... or am I missing the point of an AGP?
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AGP trumps PCI due to higher bandwidth. You could probably find a decent AGP card with TV-Out cheap. A number of ATI All-In-Wonder cards come to mind for video In/Out.
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Ive never used AGP and reallly havent seen many AGP cards. Im partial towards PCI since most expansion cards go there. Just me
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You're kidding right? AGP video cards were the successor to PCI and quite popular until the release of PCI-E. That would be about 1-2 years ago. There are a ton of AGP cards out there.
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Alright. For every call I go on. Ill give you $10 for every PC with an AGP card alright. Ill say that much
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