Maximizing Thunderbolt Display Usage?

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  1. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Current Setup:
    - 2011 27" iMac
    - 2012 15" RMBP + Thunderbolt Display

    I currently have the above two computer setup on my desk. Ideally, I'm interested in maximizing the usage of the Thunderbolt Display between the RMBP and iMac without having to plug/unplug the Thunderbolt Display cables to attach it to the RMBP and iMac. The TBD cables are a bit of a challenge to switch between systems because the monitors are against the wall. I also have two sets of keyboard and mouse (one for iMac and one for RMBP when connected to TBD).

    Is there a particular way I should plug in the TBD so I can easily switch between the RMBP and the iMac? Could I be using a KVM or plug an extra thunderbolt cable into one of the systems into either the TBD or iMac to make it easier to make it a display for the RMBP?

    Basically, I'm interested to see if I can simplify my setup while utilizing two separate computers with a TBD in the mix.
  2. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    it is already simplified. There is no KVM switch that would work with the TBD. you cannot switch sources like a traditional display. honestly, it is already simplified with just one cable. maybe changing up your setup location?
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
  4. iAppl3Fan thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    That's what I thought as well. Unfortunately, I don't have the workspace other than to have the screens against the wall. Thanks for your input.


    Nice find. I read through and it seems like it's not possible. Thanks for your help.

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