No one has used my poll!!!
i'm really upset about that!
@bobthebob1234, yes you basically added a whole bunch of stuff for me to consider.
everyone else, I did say a pico board not a mini itx board. Typically a pico would only draw 25W Max, so i would be aiming at around 10 W normal, maybe.
What i would love is a webpage that i log on to that allows me access everything in the home.
But,say when i click on my files, that does WOL to my file server, same for media server, security server, etc... that way i have little purpose built boxes for specific task that spend most of the time off. It a pipe dream of having IT services and solution in the home set up like appliances that get turned on and off as needed.
This little box is my first attempt at that, by having it as a "gateway" to the home and everything inside there.
@wyliecoyoteuk, when you say AS do you mean anti spam?
Also my hope is that everything is on it's own device as i said above. so the first box is just a traffic warden directing me to what ever machine i need at that point on time.
The really cool thing about all this is that if you get a standard ATX box, you can fit about a dozen pico boards inside. All connected via GB managed switch everything with passive cooling except the box it's self.
So you have a:
One pico board which holds the website that controls everything
media servers; one for music one for video
file server; just connect HDD via PCI USB3 on the one pico board,
mail server; but I probably won't maybe just use it as a local back up for web mail,
home automation server; arduinos all over the place but if an event occurs they can WOL this board and log/email/sms/phone someone, or this board can be WOL from the central one to get things to happen in the home,
security server; i.e. zonealarm to IP cameras, and something like arduinos at remote locations that can WOL this box if needed,
back up server; basically an host for rsync
"Family Applications" Server; calendar, to-do list, shopping, forum,
I really do like this idea, it could be a product that is bought in pieces, add in more and the home website just updates based on what is added, like modules in Webmin.
The really beauty is that only the open source community could do all this cheaply (relatively to a commercial version)!
Am I nuts, maybe I should do a poll for that?!?