network capable LCD monitor

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Hi can someone recommend a good monitor or display that is network capable. I want to use it in a department to upload information to it so that employees can see data from it. I do not want it to be attached to a computer, I just want it to be plugged into the network and receive an ip address. Any help will be appreciated.
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You normally do not send video signals over network cables, unless you are using extenders, and in that situation you are using the cat5 cable as a dedicated line - there is no mixing of regular network traffic with video.  If you use remote desktop, then you are converting video to TCP/IP and have to have a computer.

If the reason you want to do this is to take advantage of existing cabling, you won't be able to do this if the wires go through routers and switches - a line extender must be isolated from everything else.  If you can guarantee isolation, you can add a VGA-to-cat5 or DVI-to-cat5 converter on each end and send a regular monitor signal over cat5, provided you do not exceed the cat5 limitation of 100 meters.  The monitor can be any common monitor or an HDTV with the same ports.

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I do not want to send video signals. I want network traffic to be sent to the monitor or display without be attached to a computer. I just want it to be plugged into a network drop,configure an ip address and information to be sent to the monitor.
I'm fairly certain what you're asking for doesn't exist, and of it does it's probably a very expensive custom solution. The only solutions I can thing of is what Callandor recommended or connecting a monitor to a dummy terminal.
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>I just want it to be plugged into a network drop,configure an ip address and information to be sent to the monitor.

If you find such a device, let us know.  What you're looking to do requires a computer.  Now, the computer can be very thin, such as an iPad, but it must be a computer.
You could do something creative possibly if you had a display(usually a tv) with built in DNLA streaming capability. That would let you play video/audio from any DNLA source and Windows 7 has one built in. There are also many non Microsoft solutions.

When you say you want to send information to it, I get the impression you want to send something like powerpoint slides with announcements etc. The inherent problem is that without a computer your display is remarkably dumb, it can only understand video signals. You would have to create a video before you stream it to the TV.

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