> Ewww yeah thats ugly....maybe a laptop or wifi PDA =)
> You could RDP/VNC into the box downstairs or wherever from a laptop.
I may have missed the exact detail what the problem is -
though it sounds like Chet's idea is great.
I don't know if this is relevant - you can wifi/vpn to m0n0,
setting up a rule and route to that VNC server.
If what you lack is a *SPARE* network feed up on the roof -
you didn't mention if you can yank it off the network for
testing - or even just for a moment.
If you can pull it off the network for a moment....
you could look at Ethernet 10-Base-T Splitter
This is not a cable splitter. It is basically a passive 2-port hub.
I can't tell you how it conforms to net standars,
but it comes in handy when your customer says "no signal"
and you put a splitter between the client bridge and the PC,
and you say, I have a link quality of 67...ping times of 3ms....
(and then you can say, that's a windows problem :-)
PS I had speculated that it was just 3 ports spliced together,
and it is, but with some transistors at each juncture.
It seems you can't just splice it together yourself.
PS PS PS!!!! Note! I did not check to see if this device
is rated for use in a POE setting. POE fancy footwork may
be needed, let me know if you have this problem.
(BTW, that gives me an idea.....