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BH Remote Computer - Minimum Computer Requirements

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  1. Pripod

    Pripod Regular Member

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    I started a thread last night concerning an upcoming 6-9 month backpacking travel stint in South America. One of the recommendations I received was to setup a base computer within my home in the states and remotely access it from abroad.

    The idea was to have the base computer run many of the automated tasks for Tweetadder, Friendadder, Scrapebox, and Bookmarking Demon. I have been surfing EBAY and it looks like I can pick up some fairly cheap PC labtops. My only concern is that they would have enough resources to run all of these programs continuously. My problem is that I have been using Macs a bit too long, and would like to get your thoughts:

    1) Do you recommend labtop or desktops as a remote computer?

    2) What is the minimum processor speed and ram and hard drive you would recommend to run the above programs.

    3) Do you have any other recommendations?

    I appreciate the help!
     
  2. deltrum

    deltrum Junior Member

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    You could just setup a smoothwall box and access the ip over VPN. Then you could access any device on your network ;)

    Check out smoothwall. It is just a unix based distro which has an easy to use UI.
     
  3. Pripod

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    What VPN do you recommend? It seems like there are several to choose from.

    Computer requirements:

    Presently I have a spare computer but I am thinking it is a bit weak to be running for this type of base computer. Here is the Powerbook system specs:

    iBook G4
    CPU Speed: 1.2 GHz
    L2 Cache 512
    Memory: 1.25 Gig
    Bus: 133 MHz
     
  4. chockfactor

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    try 2.1 GHZ or higher, as you said minimum requirements I would say minimum 2.1 GHZ if you are gonna run those programs

    the ram should be 3gb

    this ist just my personal opinion, but again if they doesn't run at the same times it might not be that hard on your computer
     
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    +1 for the chockfactor's suggestions.

    desktop is preferred as they're built more for long term "always on" running. Laptops have the bonus of a battery, so if the power goes off, it's less likely you'll need to send someone in for a hard start. If you're using an older laptop, make sure it's raised above a desk and there's room for ventilation. Also watch out for used junky laptops with squeaky fans (will go soon, likely while you're out) and frayed power cords (will cause a fire).

    Be ready to run CC cleaner every so often, and get a remote program that will stay "on" if you have to restart for any reason. I won't say what I run for security reasons, however lifehacker had a decent review of different programs.

    Also have a friend with a key to your place and a password who's willing to go do a restart into in case your power goes off. Even if you're running a laptop and battery power kicks in, chances are your IP or router may need a reset.

    Personally, I did a similar setup to this this summer when I took off for a few months. It works, but am moving as much as I can to a VPS for future work as I think it'll be easier going forward. You can get decent ones at $10-20 a month, a little more bit cumbersome to run at first, however once running easier to manage. Don't have a provider I can recommend yet. If anyone does, I'm looking for suggestions.
     
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  6. Pripod

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    Thanks guys!

    If i am going to be using a Macbook Air while mobile, do you see any problem with my home base computer being a PC?

    Just wanted to check on this before making any quick purchases.
     
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    FYI, I have looked into the VPN and believe that I will be selecting OpenVPN
     
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    Hello mate,
    First of I would reccomend you to buy/use a Desktop Computer instead of a laptop becouse you get more bang for your buck(Better stats for the same cash)
    I think you shoudl aim for something like this or higher:
    Proccesor - Dual Core 1.8 GHZ or more
    RAM memory - 2-3 GBs (its really cheap)
    Video Card - Doesn't matter
    Hard Drive - Just get a cheap 60(80)GB Hard drive trust me you won't need anythign more than that.
    Internet - I reccomend broadband instead of WI-fi becouse its much faster and more stable.
    A computer like this shouldn't cost more than 250-350$.
    Or you could rent a VPS with simmiliar stats for like what ? 40-50$ a month or so...
    I hope I helped you :)
     
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    You SHOULD NOT do this at all. I did this during a long trip and had to have friends go reboot/repair stuff all the time. Simply rent a few dedicated servers or VPSs, or send your boxes to a colo, and then you can reboot remotely even if the server doesnt respond, get hardware fixed and so on. Trust me, this will be such a bitch if you do it on your home connection.
     
  10. blackieman

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    You can always log into your box using logmein. Free and works great.
     
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    Use teamviewer over logmein
    Actually use both in case one freezes
    Or just get a VPS for like $80/month with some nice stats
     
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    I agree with the above about the VPS.

    I've been using a Windows VPS from 1and1 (Package 2) and I have been very happy with it. One concern you may run into is that most VPS's have Server OS on them and some apps do not run so well with it.

    If that is the case, you can hookup with BHW member ______ (no free plug) and get a Windows XP VPS that way you know it works.

    The last thing you want is a non-working computer that someone has to access.
     
  13. matsta

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    Ok so coming from a Mac man, its probably best to stick with a Mac.

    Now what the best thing to do is to get a Mac mini server. You can get one brand new for under a grand or you can probably find one cheaper 2nd hand.

    Now whats good about this is that is comes with OSX server. This means that it's piss easy to setup a Remote Desktop, VPN and a web server. IMO this would be the best setup for you. Plus you got 2 hard drives so you can some sort of raid setup on the drives (most likely raid 1, which means the 2 drives backup the exact same data).

    Now the downside to this, is that if something goes wrong network wise your going to be in a bit of a pickle. I guess you will be on Cable, so you can can setup dyndns to have a domain to forward to your ip, same deal if your on dsl as well.

    If you still want to stay with the Mac option you can check out Macminicolo.net but that might be on the pricy end.

    If you want to go with a dedi/vps it would probably be best to go with linux, however you can go with Windows if you want.

    I would get a Ubuntu box and then install gnome since its the best GUI for a beginner. Then you can go and install virtualbox and setup windows. VNC could be a little bit tichy, so I would recommend you get no machine setup on the box, you can still control it on your Mac however.

    Your probably thinking thats way your head but you can go hit up freelancer.com and get someone to set it all up for $50.

    In terms of where to get a VPS I would check Volumedrive, also check Webhostingtalk.com as well to find more providers.

    If you want to get a dedi you can get some pretty decent Dual Core Atom boxes for around $50.

    The places to check are:
    Interserver.net - $39 for basic box.
    Wholesaleinternet.net - $49 for 2gb box (highly recommend these guys, ask to speak to Aaron when ordering)
    Joesdatacenter.com - they do heaps of cheap boxes and they also have some nice deals on VPS (2gb ram vps for under $50)

    Let me know if you need any help, feel free to PM me ;)
     
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    Yupp agreed - very good budget hosts actually housed in the same DC.
     
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    I definitely would suggest the VPS/Dedicated server option. If you machine goes down at home you are pretty much screwed. VPS will have better pipes and uptime