Is there a Thunderbolt splitter

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by pxc-connor, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. pxc-connor macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2015

    I have just been speaking to :apple: Customer Care, and they mentioned something about a thunderbolt splitter in which you connect using your Thunderbolt port, and then it has VGA and HDMI ports to plug your cables into, here's an image of my set up on connected to each of my displays:

    MacBook Air and VGA Monitor:

    MacBook Air and HDMI Monitor/TV:

  2. kemperman macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2009
    Mini Display port to VGA adapter and Mini Display port to HDMI adapter

    Both available on the apple online store

    Attached Files:

  3. pxc-connor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2015
    I already have a VGA and HDMI connector, the trouble is getting them to work with only 1 port.
  4. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I don't understand. What do you mean "1 port"? Your MacBook Air has multiple ports--USB, audio, Thunderbolt, power, SD card. If you mean it has one Thunderbolt port, then yes, but you're only going to connect one display. What's the problem?
  5. pxc-connor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2015
    1 Thunderbolt port, and the people at Apple said it was possible to get something such as that, but they could not tell me where.

    I want to know if I can use two monitors at the same time.
  6. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
  7. djippy macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2015
    Montreal, Ca.
  8. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    Quoted for truth.

  9. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    I vote for the dock option. I picked up a Caldigit TS2 for grins and have been inexplicably enamored with it more than I expected.
  10. yangchewren macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    This information is if you want to use a thunderbolt dock:

    HDMI FAQ 2


    To connect 2 X non-thunderbolt displays, you'll need a USB to HDMI/DP/VGA, which is essentially a very weak external GPU connectable through USB.
  11. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    Good catch. I have an OWC Thunderbay IV attached to the TS2 dock, and with that setup I can drive three displays independently. I thought I had the OWC disconnected (it prevents booting into Bootcamp), but I must have connected it back to the dock.

    Curious if I can get 4 displays running on my Late 2012 iMac 680MX. Might have to try that...
  12. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    The thunderbolt docks will still only drive one non-thunderbolt display. Two is not possible using one thunderbolt controller.

    You will either need to daisy chain another thunderbolt dock or hard drive to drive a second non-thunderbolt display.
  13. joevt macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2012
    There are Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort or HDMI adapters that allows outputting to more than one display. They will behave as Thunderbolt displays. Some PC's may allow only one display to be output from Thunderbolt. I don't think any Macs have that limitation. A Thunderbolt 2 Mac will also require a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. A Mac running Sierra or later may need a tb3-enabler patch to work with the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort or HDMI adapters. The Dual DisplayPort adapter may allow two 4K@60 Hz displays but only for Thunderbolt 3 computers. A Thunderbolt 2 computer may support two 4K@30 Hz displays or two 2560x1600@60Hz displays.

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