This is kind of a weird post, but I have a computer running windows 7 x64 home premium that is acting as my home media server. I don't have it configured any way special, just it has 7x3TB drives with my movies, music, pictures, and TV shows that my other computer can access. I am not using the home group function in windows.
All my computers are linked through a GB switch and have access to the internet from the switch to my router and then to my modem so traffic between my home computers is through the switch and not my router.
My server computer has an on board GB LAN port that is connected to the switch. I have a spare NIC card that I could put into my server, but am not sure if this would give me better network performance.
1) Would adding another network card to my server computer connected through a GB switch give me better network performance?
2) If I have a computer running a torrent client and seeding from my media server could I set it up so that one of the LAN connections was used specifically for this torrent client computer (and would that provide any more stability/performance to my system)?
Thanks for any help you can provide me.