I have a 13" late 2013 MBPr 2.6/8/256, and I use all of the ports except thunderbolt

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  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

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    I have a 13" late 2013 MBPr 2.6/8/256

    Right now I'm using the power cable, one USB for a printer, the headphone jack for external speakers, the other USB for an external drive for TimeMachine, and the HDMI port for my external display.

    The thunderbolt ports are empty. What can I use them for?
     
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  3. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

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    what does that mean will you give an example or link
     
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    He was nice enough to do a quick search for you and you are asking him to keep searching, when you can web search just like he did? That takes a lot of nerve. Why not just say thank you for the reply, and do your own internet search now that he has pointed you in the right direction?
     
  7. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah you're right, thank you. I was just asking because I was driving in the car and didn't want to be typing on my iPhone and thought it would be easier to ask him. Plus he might not mind idk no harm in asking.
     
  8. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hi guys I need some help.

    I am trying to find a dock that has HDMI, audio, and at least 3 USBs.

    It would be nice to just connect my power cable and ONE thunderbolt dock plug into the computer and done.
     
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Here you go... http://www.caldigit.com/thunderboltstation2/

    I've one of these (the first generation one though), and it works fine.

    I also hooked up an eGPU setup to my TB2 ports for gaming: http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-...0gbps-tb2-sonnet-echo-express-iii-d-win8.html

    I also have a Promise Pegasus R6 12TB RAID array connected via Thunderbolt.

    Footnote: There is no such thing as a cheap TB product. The controller itself isn't cheap, and the cable itself isn't cheap either. The cable itself even has a micro controller with its own firmware.
     
  10. boast macrumors 65816

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    I also only use the thunderbolt connection for a dock (the first gen caldigit)
     
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    I have the same model rMBP, and I don't used the thunderbolt ports. Nothing says you have to. I never used the Mini DisplayPort in my mid-2009 MBP either. Apple includes such things for "pro" users who will make use of them, but the average joe usually doesn't need to worry about them. :rolleyes:
     
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    I have the CalDigit dick and it lets me connect all my devices with just the TB connection to the MBP. Very quick to unplug and take the MBP with me. M
     
  14. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks eveverybody for the feedback.

    I'm really happy to have found because of you guys an option to dock everything.

    My only concern is this post this fine man posted.

    Uhmmm hello?!? Malware through thunderbolt that's PERMANENT?

    I understand that Apple will probably come out with a fix but does anyone think thunderbolt might be too new at this point?

    I read the article and was like What the fuuuuh?
     
  15. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502

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    I genuinely wouldn't worry about the security issues. It requires an attacker to have physical access to your machine and it assumes that said attacker brings their own thunderbolt device with malicious code on. You aren't going to experience issues like this with off-the-shelf docks.
     
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  18. alex0002 macrumors 6502

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    Physical access is one possible method, but not the only one. But I don't wish to hijack this thread as I previously started another one on the subject.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1836112

    If you have time, the annotated version of the 31C3 talk on Thunderstrike covers the basics quite well and the video presentation is also worth a look.

    https://trmm.net/Thunderstrike_31c3
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BrdX7VdOr0
     

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