Thanks for the info on VGA vs HDMI. VGA will be easier anyway, as I may end up using an existing LCD monitor I have.
The main goal for the remote monitor will be to view a Megapixel IP cam feed. It will have other duties as well, like weather info etc. It will be mounted in a strategic spot in the house. It will be used as reference only, and will not need to act as a workstation in any way.
The laptop will not be 'mobile', and will not get much direct use. Hard to explain... It will act as a 'server' if you will, and it will be in a somewhat remote location. I will access it regularly via remote desktop. Everything is on the same network, all hard line, no wireless.
Laptop instead of desktop/server for a whole slew of reasons.
I have done all of this before, with great success. The only thing I didn't do before is the remote monitor. It was the only thing missing in my prior application. This time, all the components will be even better (cam quality, software, server etc)
I don't expect a perfectly clear, vivid, full high definition picture on this remote monitor. I won't be watching movies or anything. I just want a normal picture that I can view a higher end IP cam feed on, some desktop gadgets, and maybe some other things. No audio.
Think I will be okay with a regular 21" LCD monitor and Monoprice Cat5/VGA adapters?