Cloud storage is where it’s at these days. With easy and widespread access to Wi-Fi and 4G networks, storing your data in the cloud is one of the best options for easy access from your mobile devices. Do a lot of traveling and need reliable access to files from any device? Cloud is the way to go. I still see no reason to give up my physical storage devices, but I find few faults in cloud storage. If you don’t count hackers, NSA spying, and the occasional server down situation.
The question is, why do you need to pay a monthly fee for online storage when you can just as easily host your own cloud storage server? And that’s precisely what we’re going to do in this article. Give hackers, fees, and the NSA the finger.
You need very little to set up a cloud. If you have a computer with solid access to the internet, with adequate storage for your files, you can set up a cloud. It doesn’t need to be a dedicated server system, either. Almost any PC can serve the purpose. I use my old AM2+ system as an always-on media center, and since it stays connected to the interwebs via CAT-5, I figured it would make an excellent server. That way I can access my movies and TV shows no matter where I end up.
Now, you have a few options when it comes to server software. I’m not going to name them all here, there simply isn’t enough time, but I did try out the best the web has to offer, and have chosen my top two favorites. If you’re a more advanced user, you’ll probably want to go with a full Linux server setup and ignore these warez.