In the meantime, my office was completely disassembled and I needed to get back to work. Since I have the setup for the studio in the basement with a couple of monitors, I figured I could probably route things around so I could use those with the existing dual-monitor KVM switch that I use for work and proceed.
Well, I managed to get the VPN phone up and running and get the laptop connected to the hardware VPN.
The KVM switch is a VGA-based switch with USB connections.
The mouse and keyboard down here both use PS/2 connectors. (Actually, the mouse is USB with an adapter, but the extension cable for the mouse is PS/2.) Well, I could snag the USB keyboard that I use upstairs...
And then I would need a USB extension cable. Two, actually. I wonder if I have any of those. Well, I guess I have one. Maybe there's another somewhere.
Yeah, maybe that will work. I'll just need to cobble together some kind of VGA extender cable. I can manage that.
What I can't manage is that the main monitor down here has a digital output and a Display Port, not a VGA output. Somewhere in one of the boxes upstairs, there is a spare Display Port to VGA adapter.
And this project has just moved into the realm of "to heck with it all".
So I have pulled out my wireless mouse for the laptop and will be running with the laptop monitor for a week or so.
I will survive this.
I might not survive the previous rewiring plan... :)