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If you have access to your modem you can use the modem configuration interface by entering 192.168.1.1 in your browser and then use admin for both and if your router's firmware is same as me (I forgot the name, the stock firmware in most routers) you can see list of connected devices with their MAC address: Also to check for their Ip address you can use ...
As others have mentioned. the server in your design is acting as a gateway(router). and it requires two nic to function (1 to modem, 1 to switch). you will have to configure network services such as DHCP, DNS, firewall, NAT...etc on the server OS. As for the wireless router, you may have one of its LAN port connected to the switch, and disable all routing ...
Most of the adapters do offer encryption, please check the model you are looking at before you purchase it. Also, the signal does fade even over a house distance, you may be able to pick the signal up at the street, but I wouldn't suspect you would be able to go much further than that.
No, there's no way to do this. if you're using the modem as a bridge, then it can only be on one side of the router. It clearly must be on the WAN side because it has the connection to the WAN. Thus it cannot be on the LAN side. You need a switch.
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