Backup my kids computer over the internet?

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by Ken, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    I have two daughters in college and I know that they will not remember
    often to back up their computers.

    I am wondering if it is a consideration to purchase a router with a VPN
    or to purchase a program that will set up a VPN to allow them to back up
    their computers to one of our home computers that I use just for storage
    (it is an XP box with 600Gb of storage). If so, what programs/hardware
    would I need?

    Ken K
    Ken, Oct 26, 2005
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    Travis Guest

    They will never learn fend for themselves if you always try to
    save them.
    Travis, Oct 26, 2005
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    Bob Willard Guest

    Please don't, even if you find a way to do so. Having tens of thousands of
    college kids backing up hundreds of GBs of HD each, every night or even
    week, will consume a major portion of the world's bandwidth. What a waste.
    Bob Willard, Oct 26, 2005
  4. Au contraire!
    In this case, we'll all soon be on a 10 Gbps network.
    Hmmm, oh, but you already have that in the US !
    Paul Atreides, Oct 26, 2005
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    Harry Guest

    Ken wrote...
    At home, I always try to train my 12-years-old boy to take care
    of himself, even he is still not doing it quite well yet.

    At work, I always try to teach my fellow workers to solve their
    problems by themselves first, before comming to me asking for help.

    If you solve the problems for them, they will come to you every
    single time. And I do not enjoy pampering other people.
    Harry, Oct 26, 2005
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    Rod Speed Guest

    On the other hand, with something done as unreliably as
    backup, there is a lot to be said for a fully automated solution.

    And the bandwidth requirement should be minimal if the backup is
    incremental and not just mindless brute force image backup at a high rate.
    Rod Speed, Oct 26, 2005
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    Harry Guest

    Rod Speed wrote...

    Also found a link for the OP.
    Harry, Oct 26, 2005
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    Travis Guest

    Not in my part of the US.
    Travis, Oct 26, 2005
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    Rod Speed Guest

    And proper incremental backup wont.
    Only if that mindlessly crude approach is used.

    Its actually something crying out for a decent commercial solution, stupid.
    Rod Speed, Oct 26, 2005
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    Eric Guest

    not hardly! 99% of of those on high speed connections are paying 30-50 US
    dollars per month for Broadband with transfer rates somewhere around 3-15
    Mbits/sec download and 256-512k bits/sec upload. Nearly all the rest are on
    either DSL or dial up. There is a very small number of poeple who are using
    special university networks that allow very high speeds for very specific
    types of transfers and not for general purpose every day Internet use.
    There ain't no such thing as a free lunch!
    Eric, Oct 26, 2005
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    Bob Willard Guest

    True. I assumed that college kids who can't even schedule a simple
    backup probably
    can't set up a more complicated schedule of fulls plus incrementals either.
    Bob Willard, Oct 26, 2005
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Sounds like the kids wont be setting it up, because they arent that competant.
    Rod Speed, Oct 26, 2005
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    Markeau Guest

    FolderShare looks like a great option ... it can be setup to sync
    new/updated files automatically ... but if they have accumulated a lot
    of mp3's and other stuff then any backup will take a long time even
    over a broadband connection ...
    Markeau, Oct 30, 2005
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    Ham Pastrami Guest

    They're college girls. Chances are that they don't *want* to be sending the
    contents of their hard drives back home to daddy. I feel for ya though.
    Ham Pastrami, Oct 31, 2005
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