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This is our home and home office server, set up in our hall closest. It’s made up of Intel Mac MIni (Core Duo), stacked with two 500GB external drives (one Firewire, one USB 2) and a pair of 250GB FW drives on the left, setup as a mirrored RAID. The 250GB RAID handles all of my work-related files, while the 500GB FW is our iTunes/Apple TV media drive. The other 500GB (USB 2) is used for periodic backups of the media drive, which I run 2-3 times per week.
The stack on the far right is a Motorola Cable Modem, a D-Link Wireless G Gaming Router with Gigabit Ethernet, and the bottom is a D-Link Gigabit Switch.
This closest came with a home networking panel built in, with CAT-5 wiring running from the closest into each room of our condo (approx two jacks per room).
One must understand the basics of Minecraft Servers and hosting Minecraft. What are Minecraft Servers? Minecraft Servers are basically large-scale computers that have fast internet attachments that are running Minecraft, and you can easily get connected to them and play Minecraft with your friends! Now you have a choice, this can either be your own computer (run your own Minecraft server) OR you can pay for somebody else to do all the dirty work (buy server hosting)
How to your own Minecraft server from dwelling?
Even though it is likely (and well, rather enjoyable… for those computer nerds amidst us) to own a Minecraft server from your own PC, over time this can bring more headaches than you originally considered. First of all, running a Minecraft server from your home PC will be exceedingly draining on your system assets. Even though most new computers running Windows 7 or Vista come with high speed multi-core CPUs and sufficient RAM (memory) to run a game server, the position will probably be distinct when an active Minecraft server begins using up your resources. Plus the added internet bandwidth you need is likely to be a huge bottleneck.
Besides this, you have to consider that you will be dedicating your machine to one reason, being a Minecraft server. This means that you won’t be able to play Minecraft on your own server, as your CPU % and RAM are currently being chewed up (as cited earlier)! Sitting there and supervising the server while your friends play Minecraft doesn’t sound like as much fun. It also signifies that you will not be able to use your PC (now a MC server) for an allotment of the other jobs you are used to. As said before, consider that if there are other persons (family members, room-mates, work colleagues) using the same Internet connection, they are probably going to wonder why the Internet is so slow while you are happy with your Minecraft server list!
The other key component is that if you were running your own server, you would need to hold it switched on and connected to the Internet 24/7, to enable people to play when they preferred. If your server is switched off or your Internet connection is not working, that means there will be no Minecraft! (So, you would be getting a lot of angry phone calls from your friends telling you to swap the server on!) Other things like residential internet connections, repeatedly having to restart the computer and Windows shut-downs can affect your server up-time.
Another last component to consider is that setting up a MC server is like setting up any web server or multiplayer game server. In case you did not have the chance to set one up before, you will need to have a lot of endurance and a good comprehending of your own TCP/IP mesh, how to set port-forwarding on your router, permitting traffic through your firewall, modifying your anti-virus backgrounds, and so on.
All of these things can lead to annoyance, which is why we finally recommend going with a Minecraft server list hosting answer; after all wouldn’t you rather spend your time building an awesome world with your friends and thereby enjoying Minecraft?
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