Posted on 2010-01-13
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I am trying to build a personal server for my home that will allow minimum access from outside users.  I will also like wireless access from within the house.  Several computers will be on at one time.  What would be a decent motherboard to start with. I do not want to spend that much money
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You can use any motherboard you like, but if you want a more flexible server, going for something with more than one ethernet port may be helpful as it can allow you to allow different traffic from different sources (depending on the layout of the rest of your network).

Some home-class wireless routers will allow you to create a DMZ on a certain port - you can connect one port from the server to that, and the other to the general "home" LAN, with more permissive access.  
This would allow you to have stricter firewall rules and somewhat separate your home network from the internet, whilst still allowing some outside access.

You can achieve much the same thing as a motherboard with 2 ethernet ports with an additional network card.

You'll probably find a dynamic DNS service very helpful if your ISP doesn't supply static IP addresses when it comes to getting to your home server from outside.

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Great response exactly the answer I was looking for

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