I have been looking to get into networking for a while because I really know very little about it. I have plans to build a atom/linux router to give myself a sort of crash course. Home project sort of thing.
Anyway, here is the parts that i am thinking about getting:
JetWay JATOM-GM1-330-LF Intel Atom 330 (flex ATX with 2 PCI and 1 PCIE):
Intel PWLA8391GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter
ASUS PCE-N13 IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps
D-Link DGS-2205 10/100/1000Mbps 5-Port Green Technology Desktop Switch
Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
I need to use it to network a total of 4 machines (excluding the server, which I want to be the "hub"). One running win7, another kubuntu 9.10, another mac OSX 10.6.2 and another windows XP SP3. In an ideal world I want to be able to use the router to network all the computers together, as well as connect them to the internet both wired and wirelessly, and also configure it to automatically create back-ups for my hard disks on the multiple machines. In addition, I want to dedicated quite some space to creating a cash of all web pages I visit within a given time frame (I am thinking six months).
I have a linksys WRTGL router (the one you can flash the firmware with) and I plan on making it into a switch/ wireless bridge. The router is being used as my main router now, I want to section it off and preferably control bandwidth allocation as it will be the port other people in my house will be using.
The D link wireless switch will be used to manage my own home network I would like to keep sectioned off. I did some research, but I am a complete networking newb. I choose this swtich because it has QoS support, which is important for prioritizing and managing traffic, and jumbo frames, which is suppose to help with speed. The idea is to build a super router here that can handle anything with zero connectivity problems.
The wireless adapter I choose needs to be compatiable with linux and be capable of broadcasting. I am most nervous about this part, information on its compatability with linux on the net seems iffy.
I chose intel networking cards because they are reliable and have onboard cache. I think this is important for allowing higher frame sizes and increasing overall networking stability. Again, I am a newb.
The idea is I want to run a line from my modem into this machine into one of the intel networking cards. I want to run out from the onboard LAN to my router (which I want to flash to tomato or WRT and set as a bridge/switch) and then use the second intel card to run out to the D link swtich, where most of my computers will be connected. Any help on parts, software, guides, or just general suggestions would be great.