Anybody run an external monitor through ethernet?

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  1. rockinrocker macrumors 65816

    rockinrocker

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    I'm thinking about investing in a new Thunderbolt peripheral that only has one TB connection. I currently use the TB port on my MBP to connect my external monitor, so I'd need to find another option.

    Anybody have any experience doing this via ethernet?
    (which is the only open port I'll have left)

    Perhaps with something like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-DVI-D-...id=1416676053&sr=1-1&keywords=dvi+to+ethernet

    Thanks
     
  2. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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    The only way to display video is by outputting from a video out source. Meaning DVI or thunderbolt.

    All the adapter you linked does is takes the dvi, turns it into Ethernet, so you can run a long Ethernet wire. Then on the other end, it has another dvi adapter so you hook that into your monitor. It's basically for running video signals a long distance.

    What you really need is a thunderbolt hub
     
  3. theSeb macrumors 604

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    The solution that you linked to is not something that you want to use for a computer monitor. It's ok for pushing a TV signal around the house to different TVs, but that's about it.

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    There are no Thunderbolt hubs on the market and there never will be, unless how the protocol works is changed in the future.
     
  4. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

    rockinrocker

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    I assume what he means is something like this:

    https://eshop.macsales.com/preorder/OWC-Thunderbolt2-Dock/

    which is kind of what I was afraid of.

    I'd really rather not drop a couple hundred bucks on a dock at the moment.

    Some sort of splitter would be perfect, but when I google "thunderbolt splitter" everything that comes up is just for video.
     
  5. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Actually, some Thunderbolt docks might be the one and only viable solution for you right now.

    Example: https://www.elgato.com/en/thunderbolt/thunderbolt-dock

    You get HDMI out for your monitor and Thunderbolt out to connect the new TB device that you want to use.

    Whether using HDMI out will be ok for you depends on the monitor that you're using and you haven't posted any specifics about it.
     
  6. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If I do get a dock I'll get one that has FireWire too since I have some some external FW drives.

    The one just announced by OWC looks like the best fit that I've seen, unless anyone has any other recommendations?

    My monitor is DVI, but that just needs an adaptor to connect to HDMI, correct?

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    This one:

    https://eshop.macsales.com/preorder/OWC-Thunderbolt2-Dock/
     
  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    Yes, same signal, different plugs.
     

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