Need Suggestions on Setting up Home Server
Currently I run a server on a normal PC and it is connected via the motherboard's onboard NIC ports (supposedly 1000/100/10) to a consumer level router (E3000 with ddwrt obviously) to my modem and into the embarrassingly slow 100Mbit/22Mbit internet pipe. I am on a guaranteed bandwidth connection with no limitations which is good since I have about 150GB-180GB per day of traffic. This however is limited by my internal network since I cannot run at "full throttle" without the entire network grinding to a halt relatively shortly after the beast is unleashed.
I expect this since I am using consumer grade equipment that is not designed to handle this sort of load. So now I want to upgrade. The only things I think I need to upgrade would be from the NIC to the modem. I would like to have the server running directly into the modem, as it is an industrial spec'd modem with 4 ports built in. However, I would lose this PC being visible on my internal network as now it would be at the same level as the router. I do have 2 wireless cards currently also connected to the same network so that if the wired connection dies for some reason, the 802.11n takes over within seconds and if that poops out due to bad signal strength the 802.11g on high gain takes over. So I could reconfigure or just add another wireless NIC to connect the serverPC to my router network. But I would want to make sure all server traffic goes through the wired connection and out the pipe directly and not over the air through the router into the modem and out. Currently my mobo's onboard ethernet does auto-negotiate to 1gbps so the router and NIC both "support" it, but I am guessing neither was designed for 24/7 use at high traffic and the algorithms are faltering...
The other options I guess are to either bridge the modem and router together, or just replace the router with a good one. I need 300Mbps+ 802.11n 5GHz on the router as well as 54mbps 802.11g 2.4GHz. If I cannot get that, then I will need to externally bridge multiple routers together to achieve this.
Any suggestions on hardware?
I should add, that my router reports an average load use of only 25% and 65% of RAM is still available. About 2900+ active connections (~70%) on average