As mentioned in my previous post I was looking for a way to run my own webserver on some leftover hardware running Synology DSM.
Main reason is that I wanted to run several websites from this server and I would like to find out how this compares to the costs of hosted sites.
Looking trough the “junk” i collected over the years if found a Dell Latitude E4310 witch is a quite small 13″ laptop i used for network troubleshooting in the past.
I’m Dutch so my choice had to be cheap in purchase and in power consumption.
A decent Synology NAS would set u back about € 300 to € 400 without the disk and second hand ones are stil expensive.
A second hand Dell Latitude E4310 would cost u € 50 to € 150 depending on its condition.
But i was lucky to be such a horder, mine came for “free”.
Chosen hardware specs.
Latitude E4310 laptops come with a Core i5-540M witch is a 64-bit x86 dual-core mobile microprocessor.
Processor TDP is at 35W, but i don’t think I wil max out the CPU most of the time.
Wifi can be swiched of by hardware button, all other components such as graphics card are of little concern because i wil try to disable all unnecessary things to minimize power consumption.
A advantage is that this laptop is really small.
Synology diskstations boot from a on-board mounted USB stick, my choice is a Sandisk Ultra Fit because this tiny usb stick barely sticks out from the laptop.
I can get them for € 5, choose the smallest size u can find because it only has to hold the tiny bootloader.
Power consumption wil be monitored when everything is up and running.
Pro & Cons.
Pro: Main advantage of using the DSM operating system is in the user interface, backup facilities and easy configuration of one or multiple websites.
Hyperbackup can make sheduled backups of your databases, system configurations and folders witch should be enough for a full backup of your website(s) to a NAS running Hypervault.
Updates and patches are provided by Synology.
Updates are tested by Synology, as long as you use the standard Synology apps there should be lesser chance of breaking your setup.
Cons: Future Synology updates could break current setup.