So I have had several requests to build a small applicance that simply checks if internet is present on a Cat5 line. I have a friend in the Solar Installation Profession, and they are not internet or computer people. They want to be able to test if a Cat5 they are given on a customers site, has valid working Internet on it.
So I thought it would be pretty easy to make and implement. As with most of my projects I was thinking LCD and such to make it fancy and awesome, but I quickly ran out of inputs on the Uno. Plus wanted to keep these devices on the cheap side.
So I was thinking Uno with Ethernet shield. Then there would be several lights indicating progress of connecting to the internet, so they could "see" where it dies if they get no internet to know where to troubleshoot.
I have spent considerable time looking for such a device, because there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. BUT I could find NOTHING remotely close to meeting my needs and especially for sub $100ish.... So let me know if I missed a device that already does this....
Lights will be bi-color LED, Start RED, and then turn Yellow during test, and green, If each test passes from left to right through each test. Last test being DNS
Here is my front Panel express sketch up of the front plate so far while I wait for my Uno and Shield in the mail. What are your thoughts???? THANKS in ADVANCE!!!