can you hook up 2 cinema displays to a macbook pro via one thunderport?

twoodcc

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with a new macbook pro, can you hook up a thunderport cinema display, and hook up another cinema display via daisy chain to the first display?

so basically can you hook up 2 external displays via one port?
 

Lennyvalentin

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"Thunderport"... It may not be correct, but it makes sense! :)

To answer your question, no. Only one cinema display can be connected at a time, as it lacks a passthrough feature.

A thunderbolt display HAS a passthrough port that could drive an additional cinema display, but for wonky technical reasons you must have an additional thunderbolt device connected inbetween the thunderbolt display and the cinema display for it to work.
 

twoodcc

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Sorry, it was late when I posted this. I meant thunderbolt.

Anyways, what do you mean 'have a thunderbolt device in between the displays'? Do you mean you need 2 thunderbolt ports on the computer? Or would you need 3 total thunderbolt devices hooked up?
 

blevins321

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A thunderbolt display HAS a passthrough port that could drive an additional cinema display, but for wonky technical reasons you must have an additional thunderbolt device connected inbetween the thunderbolt display and the cinema display for it to work.
Are you sure that you have to? I was thinking that the limitation was only that a cimena display (or other non-Thunderbolt display) had to be at the end of the chain? As in MBP > TB display > 0 or more Thunderbolt devices > non-TB display via mini displayport.
 

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