If you are looking for a way to listen and view your music and photos wherever you are, Tonido might be for you. It offers an easy way to setup a home server with a great looking graphical interface. With Tonido running, and web access enabled, you are able to listen to music, view photos, and share any files on any computer with an Internet connection. For users on the go, this is great to have.
After installing Tondio and setting up web access, you are given a url which you can use to access the server. After logging in on the page, you are brought to the administration page (seen above) which allows you to edit various settings, as well as launch any of the Tonido ‘applications’ (jukebox, photos, etc.) Each ‘application’ is simple to use, and Jukebox is especially useful as it allows you to stream your home music colleciton anywhere, at a bitrate of your choosing.
Overall the interface is very clean and professional looking, and everything is easy to find. If you are looking for an easy solution to serve your home media collection, Tonido is a good place to look.
Whether it’s just a simple page, a file server, a MySql database, an ftp file tree, or even php and perl, you can do it for free. And, from you own computer. Even better, you can set up multiple users. There are two programs I use for file serving. The first is HFS. It is very small, and less than a megabyte in size. This is the one I primarily use to upload and download files when I am away from my computer. You can even set up multiple folders and users. The configuration, overall, is simple. There are, however, a few issues with ports you may face. You must, in order to be able to access it from the internet (not the intranet), be able open the corresponding port on your router (portforward.com). You must then set HFS to the port you opened, and then do a test connection inside of the program itself. If it gives you an okay, you should be able to see your computer on the internet, provided you have a domain name registered, or just an IP address. Once you get that up, setting up HFS for extra users is a snap. Another program I have is called BRS Webweaver, which also takes very little memory. However, it is more complicated, and may be the subject of a later post.
Screenshot of HFS (served to a client):