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Easy And Inexpensive Wireless Bridge

We've been given an opportunity to do a pro bono temporary install for a single Hikvision IP cam to live stream to Youtube (hoping we can just use the camera's RTSP stream directly). The camera will be mounted on the roof of a bank who has given us permission to use the premises and their guest wifi for the connection. The caveats are that we cannot make any holes or have exposed wiring inside anywhere.

We're going to mount the camera on the roof and have a CAT5 come down via the roof hatch which has a sufficient gap to permit the cable to pass. There's a duplex at the foot of the ladder to accommodate a PoE injector and we figured we would just use a wireless bridge to that point. Wifi strength to the room is strong.

My strengths however are more cameras and very much less networking. I know enough to get by but I'm no Cisco engineer. Furthermore as this is being done on our dime I want to spend as little as possible to get the job done. Would someone kindly recommend a simple wireless bridge with Ethernet-out that would accommodate this? The wifi network I believe is coming directly off the ISP's cable modem (we couldn't get into the server room today to look) and my understanding is completely isolated from the bank's internal network. I presume we will be working with the bank's IT person to facilitate the connection.

This is very much a casual project and by no means critical so we're not terribly worried about redundancy, reliability, or high security. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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