You can start the monitoring processes in the remote desktop.
start an xterm and tail -f /var/log/messages > firewall_hits.
I have another process that tails that file looking for suspicious
activity written in awk. I don't normally monitor traffic, but I am sure there are as many as required. I just like having remote desktops
running wherever I go. (I have 16 running on servers: on my 2 workstations at work, 6 on my families various computers and 6 on test machines at work.