Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143
Good idea but I dont know many home users that would want to spend 100+ and the setup for simple file sharing.
OP asked for a solution to his current problem/
It all really depends on what he's willing to spend, and how graceful/rigorous of a solution he wants - I'd certainly say that the NAS box is the ideal solution for him, if he's willing to spend the money on it.
Another approach would be to use a cloud storage service - everyone and their mom is running one nowadays, with varying pricing, software support, etc. This would of course only be practical if the data you're trying to share is small and you don't mind it being on someone else's server, and don't care that you won't be able to access it when the internet is down - but it would completely eliminate the need to run a file server yourself.
I don't think the wake-on-lan solution is realistic. I couldn't make WoL work, and I'm pretty good with this stuff. And there would still be a 30-60 second delay waiting for the system with the share on it to boot (and how does it get turned off when he's done accessing it? Is there a way to remotely shut down a machine, other than remote desktop -> shut down? His problem was that he didn't want it running all the time, not that he couldn't get to the machine to turn it on, as I understand it).
I have a laptop computer handling media playing, buried behind the monitor it displayed said media on, on a shelf. The power button was only accessible with the lid open, so accidentally shutting it down meant disassembling the whole mess to turn it back on. And it liked shutting down for various reasons. Wake on lan was the natural answer, but I wasn't successful making it work. Eventually I gave up on WoL, and brought wires from the power button out to an external button and put that somewhere I could get to. Had to take the laptop completely apart to get to it, too, they buried it good. My point here is, making WoL work was such a pain that completely disassembling and reassembling a laptop was easier than making it work. Incidentally, since I did that, it hasn't shut itself down once.