Home Network Ideas and Suggestions - Need to put to use some old hardware
I am fairly familiar with linux and BSD on the desktop but now I have some spare machines that I want to experiment with a server/home network setup. I haven't done much with networking so I am looking for some good ideas of what to do with the machines on hand. I have the following to do whatever with:
1. IBM Thinkpad A22e, Pentium III, 192 mb of ram, has two nics.
2. G4 ibook, 512 mb of ram.
3. old compaq laptop, 64mb ram, pentium II or III(I can't remember)
linksys WRT54G version 8.1 running default linksys firmware
Buffalo wireless router running DD-WRT and usb connector for NAS capabilities.
2 tb Western Digital
Lenovo laptop running Debian
HP laptop running Debian
older macbook pro running OS X
What I am looking for is suggestions on what to do with the hardware on hand. My first thought is to have the thinkpad with dual nics serve as the firewall that would then connect to the linksys router which would act more like a switch to the ibook, the compaq, and the buffalo wireless router. I was then thinking of hooking the external HD to the buffalo router to act as a NAS. I am unsure what to do with the compaq and the the ibook? Any suggestions? One thing I want is ssh access to all machines from inside and outside the network. Oh and no need for printing as I do not have a printer. Thanks in advance for any ideas.