What I'm wanting to do:
I would like to have a hard drive designated to share my media over my wifi. I have room mates that might want/need some media that I have on my hard drive at any given time so I want to make it freely available to them.
I want to note that I want this only accessible to the people in my apartment, not to the outside world.
What I've looked into thus far:
Not knowing much about networking or what I should be looking for, I briefly google some terms that seem like they would have something to do with what I'm wanting to do.
I stumbled across:
My Computer Information:
I currently have a Dell XPS laptop running Windows 7 with a Linsys router (I would have to check the box for a model number). I currently have an external hard drive, but I can also pick up a 3.5 sata if necessary for the project.
What do I need to do to make this happen? I would like to know what my options are to set up something like this, approximate costs, and ultimately the best way to go about this.
If you have set up something like this, can you tell me if you ran into any issues?
Any and all help and explanations are appreciated. If you prefer to direct me to articles, I have no problem reading and learning.