home file server wireless question
Apologies if this question has been dealt with many times before - if so please feel free to direct me to the relevant threads.
At present at home I have a desktop PC currently dual booting XP and Puppy Linux and my wife has a laptop running Windows Vista - we share a wireless broadband connection.
I am looking to upgrade my desktop and would like to recycle my old machine (Athlon 2400+ 1GB RAM) with the addition of some more harddrives to become a file server for our expanding music and photo collection.
How do I configure this machine as a fileserver which would be accessible by both the desktop and the laptop wirelessly.
Is it simply a case of connecting directly to the Router with an ethernet cable? Or is it possible to be completely wireless?
Can anybody point me in the right direction re best distro/server software (is this a Samba situation?)
As I say - we already share the internet connection - the server would be used simply to serve all our files and also act as a backup device.
Any help would be much appreciated.
I am comfortable in using both windows and linux but have never really ventured into networking (other than sharing the connection).
Many thanks in advance...