Connect 2 TB peripherals to MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tlongacre, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. tlongacre macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    At the moment, I need to connect via Ethernet to my work network. Also, I would like to connect an external display to my MacBook Air (I'm in Finance and Excel would be so much easier to work with on a bigger screen).

    Problem -- I have the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter and the Thunderbolt to VGA adapter and only one Thunderbolt port to share. There must be a way to do this -- some kind of hub or splitter or something like you can do with USB devices? I read somewhere that you should "daisy chain" Thunderbolt devices, but that won't work as neither of these adapters has TB out plug.
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    You choices are:
    • An Apple Thunderbolt Display which has an ethernet port.
    • A Thunderbolt hub which has an ethernet port and 2 Thunderbolt ports so you can attach a display adapter as well.
    • A Thunderbolt hub with ethernet and hdmi connectors.
     
  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Another, probably cheaper, solution would be to get a USB to Ethernet adapter. I'm assuming you don't need high networks speeds, so that would free up your TB port to be used for display.
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    There will never be a splitter/thunderbolt hub. That isn't how Thunderbolt is designed. As already stated, the cheapest option would be to go with a USB to Ethernet dongle and as long as you have a 2012 or 2013 AIR you will still get gigabit Ethernet. If you are unlucky and have the 2011 as I did, then your best bet is to go with something like the Cal Digit Thunderbolt Station. That will give you Ethernet and USB 3.0 as well as HDMI or a second Thunderbolt port for the VGA adapter.

    http://www.amazon.com/CalDigit-Thun...7314547&sr=8-7&keywords=Cal+digit+thunderbolt
     

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