Connecting to an external monitor via USB on a Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by crmpicco, May 23, 2017.

  1. crmpicco macrumors member

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    I have a bit of an issue where I have a lack of ports on my MacBook Air with which to connect to everything I need to connect to.

    I have one Thunderbolt port which I need to use to connect to my wired network. The location I am in doesn't lend itself well to a wireless connection.

    I need to be able to connect to a second monitor to my laptop and I have realised I won't be able to do that through the Thunderbolt connection.

    Would something like this likely to work with my MacBook Air?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-Multi-Monitor-External-Adapter/dp/B002FJQXXC

    It is a 2014 model.

    Are there any other options for connecting the second display?
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Do you have an iPad? If so, you could use Duet to turn your iPad into a 2nd monitor. Works pretty good with an iPad mini 2. Except everything is really small.

    I'm sure it would be more functional with a 9.7" or iPad Pro.
     
  3. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    It'd be cheaper to get a USB 3 to Ethernet adapter and then a Mini DisplayPort adapter for whatever video output you're using.
     
  4. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    Great solution. There are even USB3 hubs that incorporate more ports and ethernet as well.
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    https://www.anker.com/products/A7514041
     
  5. latts macrumors regular

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  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I agree, just get a USB3 ethernet adapter. I have one, it was inexpensive and it works fine.
     
  7. crmpicco thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. My MacBook Air is a 2014 model so it doesn't have USB 3 but a USb to Ethernet adapter is exactly what I bought to solve this problem.

    Cheers.
     
  8. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Something is wrong there, the MacBook Air has had USB 3.0 since 2012. My 2013 MBA has USB 3.0 but my 2011 MBA did not.
     
  9. crmpicco thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, my bad I was thinking about USB-C which my MBA does not have.
     

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